SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has been re-elected.

The Associated Press called the gubernatorial race just before 10 p.m. CT for the Republican.

Noem’s campaign for a second term focused on touting the “freedom” South Dakota offers, as well as the state’s economy.

First elected to the governor’s office in 2018, Noem became the first woman to hold the office.

Prior to her time as the state’s governor, Noem served in the United States House of Representatives and in the South Dakota House of Representatives.

Published 8:46 p.m. CT

South Dakota voters are sending two members of the state’s Congressional delegation back to Washington, D.C.

Senator John Thune was re-elected, with the Associated Press calling the race at 8:01 p.m. CT.

The Senate minority whip is hoping to tackle inflation and government spending as well as securing the southern border in Washington D.C.

By 8:42 p.m., the Associated Press called the U.S. House race for incumbent Rep. Dusty Johnson.

Johnson was first elected to the House in 2018 and has spent his tenure focusing on agriculture, meatpacking and shipping.

Published 8 p.m. CT

Polls across South Dakota are now closed.

All voting locations close at 7 p.m. local time so voters in the mountain time zone should have just finished casting their ballots.

Now that all polls are closed, our attention turns to waiting for election results to be reported.

The South Dakota Secretary of State has said to expect unofficial early results to be released shortly after 8 p.m. CT, assuming there are no issues at polling places.

KELOLAND News will bring you live election results on TV and online.

Look for statewide South Dakota race results, South Dakota House results, South Dakota Senate results, northwest Iowa results and southwest Minnesota results online after 8 p.m. CT.

Published 7 p.m. CT

Polls in the central time zone are closed as of 7 p.m. in South Dakota.  But voters in the mountain time zone still have an hour to cast a ballot on Election Day 2022.  

Election polls are open until 7 p.m. local time in the state.  

While voting has concluded in many counties, we don’t expect to see any election results until after 8 p.m. CT. The South Dakota Secretary of State office says it will start sharing unofficial results after that time as long as there are new updates to be posted. 

Once the results are released, you’ll be able to track the updates on KELO-TV and 

Published 5:54 p.m. CT

South Dakota voters have until 7 p.m. local time to cast a ballot at their poll location.

A reminder: if you are in line when polls close, you can still vote as long as you were waiting in line before 7 p.m. local time.

Once the polls are closed, attention will shift to county auditor’s offices, where workers will count the ballots.

In Minnehaha County, there are four tabulating machines inside the commission chambers election workers will use to run the ballots through. Members of the resolution board are also available. It is their job to review any questionable ballots that those tabulating machines might not be able to read in the course of the evening.

The public can also watch this whole process from behind a glass partition.

Minnehaha County auditor Ben Kyte tells us there were about 18,000 ballots cast early so workers are also getting those ready to count.

The South Dakota Secretary of State Steve Barnett says results should start being reported shortly after 8 p.m. CT “as long as there aren’t any polling places that have trouble.” He said there haven’t been any issues as of Tuesday afternoon.

Published 2:33 p.m. CT

Voters across South Dakota are lining up to cast ballots on Election Day 2022.

Polls in South Dakota are open on Election Day 2022 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time. To find where to vote and review a sample ballot, visit the South Dakota Secretary of State’s website.

In Sioux Falls, people are waiting as long as 40 minutes to cast a ballot. Poll workers report a steady stream of voters since doors opened.

There are nearly 600,000 voters registered for Tuesday’s election in South Dakota, an increase of more than 3% since 2020.

KELOLAND News has covered the various races and ballot issues in the months leading up to today. You can review that coverage on the Your Local Election Headquarters page.

You will also find links on that page to where we will display election results this evening.

Find the latest coverage on statewide races and ballot issue topics in the links below.

KELOLAND News will have reporters out covering polling places, auditor’s offices and candidate gatherings throughout the day. Stay with KELOLAND on-air and online for the latest updates.

Published at 7 a.m.

Polls in South Dakota are open on Election Day 2022 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time. 

Voters in the central time zone will be able to cast their ballots starting at 7 a.m. CT.  

Ahead of Election Day, early voting was open in South Dakota starting on Sept. 23 and the voter registration deadline was October 24. In Minnehaha County, more than 15,000 people have already voted; that includes both mail-in and in-person, according to auditor Ben Kyte.

Other counties discussed the absentee ballot process and how absentee ballots are counted on Election Day.

There are a number of statewide races to be decided including governor, U.S. House of Representative, U.S. Senate, Secretary of State and two ballot issues. Before you go to vote, find a sample ballot on the South Dakota Secretary of State’s website. You can also find where to vote on the SOS website.

Statewide races

For Governor and Lieutenant Governor, there are three candidate tickets:

  • Jamie Smith (D-Sioux Falls) and Jennifer Keintz (D-Eden) 
  • Tracey Quint (Libertarian-Sioux Falls) and Ashley Strand (Libertarian-Rapid City)
  • Kristi Noem (R-Castlewood) and Larry Rhoden (R-Union Center)

In the U.S. Senate race, there are three candidates on the ballot: 

  • Brian Bengs (D-Aberdeen)
  • Tamara Lesnar (Libertarian-Grenville)
  • John Thune (R-Sioux Falls)

In the U.S. Representative race, there are two candidates on the ballot: 

  • Collin Duprel (Libertarian-Vale) 
  • Dusty Johnson (R-Mitchell)

There are two candidates in the Secretary of State race: 

  • Thomas Cool (D-Sioux Falls)
  • Monae Johnson (R-Rapid City) 

South Dakota ballot questions 

There are two statewide ballot questions for all South Dakota voters. Constitutional Amendment D is an amendment to the South Dakota Constitution expanding Medicaid eligibility.  Initiated Measure 27 is an initiated measure legalizing the possession, use and distribution of marijuana. 

Sioux Falls initiated measure

Sioux Falls voters will also be voting on a city-initiated measure to ban the construction or permitting of new slaughterhouses with the city limits. Voters will then decide whether to adopt the ordinance by voting “yes”, thus banning any new slaughterhouses in Sioux Falls, or reject the ordinance with a “no” vote.

South Dakota legislature candidates

You may live in a district with only one legislative candidate. In the Senate, there are 20 districts with only a Republican candidate on the ballot because there are no other opposing candidates. In the South Dakota House, there are 12 districts with only Republican candidates on the ballot because there are no other opposing candidates. 

KELOLAND News reached out to everyone running for a seat in the South Dakota Senate and House of Representatives to give voters a sense of who’s running for office. Find the responses for candidates from your district. 

Election complaints

Any complaints of voter intimidation, threats against staff or fraud can be reported to a United States Assistant Attorney on election day.

Ann Hoffman was appointed District Election Officer for South Dakota by U.S. Attorney Alison Ramsdell. Hoffman will oversee the Election Day Program on November 8 to handle any complaints from South Dakota regarding the election.

Those with complaints or concerns on election day can contact Hoffman at (605) 357-2363 or the FBI at (605) 334-6881.

In Lincoln County, there was a public testing of the ballot counting machines last week.

Find the latest election coverage at Your Local Election Headquarters

KELOLAND News will have Election Day 2022 coverage on-air and online.  Look for live reports and updates throughout the day.