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Primary Voters Stroll Into Polls

June 5, 2012, 4:52 PM by Shawn Neisteadt

Primary Voters Stroll Into Polls
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

A steady stream of voters is making its way to the polls across South Dakota.  They're all taking time out of their day to participate in the primary election.

"We need people that will speak up for us and vote the way that we feel.  I am a Republican and that's the way I vote.  I am a business owner, self-employed, and there are issues out there, constantly," voter Tim Byer said.

While today's primary election won't decide specifically who goes into an office, voters still say it is an important part of the democratic process.

"Obviously it doesn't determine the ultimate outcome but it is still a responsibility that I have.  Even if it is somebody who may not get in, I still want to cast my support in that direction," voter Troy Outka said.

Traditionally, only about one-third of South Dakota's registered voters participate in a primary. Those marking ballots Tuesday wish that number was higher.

"People need to be heard.  If we are not exercising our right to vote, then we are missing the boat as Americans.  I think it is important," Outka said.

It's important, even though the Republican presidential nomination is all but locked up.  However, many South Dakota voters don't feel like this primary should come sooner on the calendar.

"As far as I am concerned, if you just run the election six months before November, that would be fine with me.  This dragging it on for two years, it really wears on people and they get tired of it after a while," Byer said.

After Tuesday's primary, there are five more months of campaigning before the general election.

A few Sioux Falls voters were confused about where to vote because of recent experimentations with voting centers and super precincts.  Those voters were turned around and sent to the correct location.

Polls are open until 7 p.m. local time.  You can find your polling location through the Secretary of State's Voter Information Portal.  You can also monitor results live as they come in on our Campaign 2012 Election Results section of KELOLAND.com.

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