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Minnehaha Co. Kicks Off Absentee Voting

April 23, 2012, 6:27 AM by Kellee Azar

Minnehaha Co. Kicks Off Absentee Voting
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

It's around this time of an election year that we begin seeing ads and political rallies.  And with primary voting right around the corner, things are sure to keep heating up.

Absentee voting kicks off in many places in South Dakota Monday.  In Minnehaha County there is more than one way to vote early.

"You can apply for a ballot and get it sent to them and then they can send it back or you can come down to the county auditor's office.  We are open from eight until five everyday," Minnehaha County Auditor Bob Litz said.

With six weeks until the primary, having multiple options to vote is helping draw in voters.

"As far I'm concerned, just being able to vote, as important as it is now days, it's probably a good thing to do," voter Julie Risty said.

The biggest draw to absentee voting for many South Dakotans is the fact that it's so convenient.

"Ah yes, I think people like that because it gives them a broad spectrum of time to work the ballot and come down here," Litz said.

By opening up the auditor's office for people to vote, Litz says it's actually better because they have more time to help with the voting process if necessary.

"We do have more time to answer their questions down here than everybody doing it on election day and shuffling on through. If somebody has some questions and we can't advise them on how to vote but if they have a question that is procedural we can assist them on that, certainly," Litz said.

The official voting day for the primary is June 5. 

If you would like to sign up to vote absentee visit the South Dakota Secretary of State's website.

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