South Dakota’s expecting a 70 percent voter turnout in this election. And the turnout is especially heavy in Minnehaha County.
The turnout at the Minnehaha County Administration Building is one of those places in the county that’s seeing heavy turnout Tuesday night.
The ballot counting is supposed to begin a little after 7 p.m. Tuesday night, but because of the strong turnout that’s going to have to wait. The line is snaking all the way around the aisle set up near the auditor’s office.
Voters say they have had to wait anywhere from a half hour to an hour in line.
People who are in line as of 7 p.m. will be able to vote. Nobody will be turned away.
Ballot counting will be happening at the administration building, starting with Precinct 4-1. Then as the ballots from the other precincts get in from around the county, they’ll begin counting those.
Lastly, absentee ballots will be counted. That could cause some problems because some of the ballots that were mailed in have creases on them. That tends to show down the scanners counting the ballots.
In the meantime, Minnehaha County auditor Bob Litz is seen at the administration building handing out sample ballots to those in line to try to speed up the voting process once people get a ballot.
Litz says he’s surprised by Tuesday’s late turnout, but it’s encouraging to see this crowd.
Heavy voter turnout is also reported in Brandon and Harrisburg Tuesday night.