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Absentee Voting Grows In Popularity

October 29, 2012, 9:59 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Absentee Voting Grows In Popularity
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The popularity of absentee voting is clear when you take a look at the lines outside the voting stations.  Not only were the polls full, but even getting into the Minnehaha County Administration building was a task for some.

"I got an indication of that trying to park my car outside. So I knew it was going to be a line," Charliene Donaldson said.

According to the Secretary of State's website, nearly 60,000 absentee ballots have already been turned in.  Minnehaha County Auditor Bob Litz believes the convenience of early voting plays a big part in it's popularity.

"If somebody's down here taking care of some other business, paying their taxes, getting some tags, or whatever it is, they can just stop in there and do that," Litz said.

And some, like Donaldson, say voting early takes a weight off their shoulders during this heated election season.

"When I finally made up my mind, I decided I'm going to vote right now. Because I felt confident about what I had decided. It just means having it done," Donaldson said.

Early voting is also handy for those working at the polls on Election Day.

"I'm with the election board for 14, so I'll be out at a precinct and we go from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. so we either have to absentee or we don't vote," Karen Jorgensen said.

Yet others say it doesn't matter when you vote, as long as you get out and get it done.

"Just vote. Absentee, just vote. That's your constitutional right. And that's what the defenders of freedom gave their life for," Ken Teunissen said.

Learn more about absentee voting on the Secretary of State's website.

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