Early voting starts today, says that nice fellow on the radio:
All across South Dakota, registered voters can drop by their county courthouse and cast their ballots for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, South Dakota Legislature, county and other local races, and, best of all, ten big ballot measures! According to information I received from the Secretary of State’s office this morning, early voting stations are open in Pine Ridge, Wanblee, Wall, and Hill City. Another station will be open in Mission on Tuesdays and Thursdays; a sixth will open in Fort Thompson in October three days each week.
If you’re ready, vote today!
If you still have some thinking to do before you decide, that’s o.k.: you can now get your sample ballot at the courthouse or download your sample ballot from the Secretary of State’s website. The Secretary of State’s version of our Aberdeen/District 3 ballot is four pages; however, the sample I picked up at the Brown County Courthouse this afternoon squeezes everything onto both sides of one 8.5″×17″ sheet:
Updated 16:48 CDT: All candidates fit on the front of our ballot, as do Amendments R, S, and T. The other seven ballot measures all fit on the back. Perhaps fortuitously, the fake 18% payday lending rate cap of Amendment U appears right beside the real 36% payday lending rate cap of Initiated Measure 21, so voters can see the fake and real rate caps side by side and vote correctly (YES on 21, NO on U!). Your alignment may vary, depending on whether the number of local candidate races in your neighborhood.
So whether you vote today or wait until after trick-or-treating, study that ballot, mark those ovals carefully and completely, and make your voice heard in South Dakota!