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2020 Turnout Beats Last Four Primaries

Coronavirus did not depress voter turnout in South Dakota’s primary. We had a higher percentage of voters cast ballots in this year’s primary, a contest with no hot statewide races, than in the four most recent statewide primaries:

I’d like to believe that the uptick in participation in a primary with less at stake than recent June elections signals a rally in patriotism and civic responsibility amidst threats to our democratic rights.

The highest turnout Tuesday came in Jones County, where 56.0% of the 691 registered voters came out to give Scyller Borglum her 11th highest percentage and Liz May her 13th highest. No other county turned out a majority of its voters; thirteen counties brought out over 40% of their voters:

County Registered Voters Votes Cast Turnout
Jones 691 387 56.01 %
McPherson 1,711 774 45.24 %
Haakon 1,346 586 43.54 %
Sully (Vote Center) 1,062 462 43.50 %
Marshall 2,725 1,185 43.49 %
Hand 2,256 966 42.82 %
Gregory 2,843 1,205 42.38 %
Harding 953 399 41.87 %
Stanley 2,037 850 41.73 %
Douglas 2,092 866 41.40 %
Campbell 1,096 448 40.88 %
Fall River 5,116 2,088 40.81 %
Potter (Vote Center) 1,683 679 40.34 %
Corson 2,276 911 40.03 %
Hughes (Vote Center) 11,368 4,421 38.89 %
Jerauld 1,221 471 38.57 %
Custer 6,493 2,487 38.30 %
Lyman 2,162 788 36.45 %
Mellette 1,135 413 36.39 %
Tripp 3,570 1,286 36.02 %
Bennett 1,813 639 35.25 %
Clay 7,481 2,630 35.16 %
Perkins 2,090 734 35.12 %
Faulk 1,518 531 34.98 %
Bon Homme 3,812 1,332 34.94 %
Hyde (Vote Center) 953 331 34.73 %
Meade 17,323 5,739 33.13 %
Walworth 3,742 1,232 32.92 %
Lawrence 16,967 5,555 32.74 %
Butte 6,023 1,930 32.04 %
Charles Mix 5,289 1,667 31.52 %
Lake 8,584 2,703 31.49 %
Yankton (Vote Center) 13,880 4,149 29.89 %
Pennington 75,232 22,377 29.74 %
Jackson 1,794 528 29.43 %
Edmunds 2,595 758 29.21 %
Kingsbury 3,504 1,010 28.82 %
Roberts 6,211 1,763 28.39 %
Davison 11,246 3,153 28.04 %
Aurora 1,771 486 27.44 %
Turner 5,609 1,525 27.19 %
Brown (Vote Center) 22,915 6,089 26.57 %
Day 3,834 1,009 26.32 %
Beadle 9,697 2,539 26.18 %
Lincoln 37,930 9,925 26.17 %
Hutchinson 5,024 1,311 26.09 %
Hamlin 3,762 969 25.76 %
Codington 16,584 4,270 25.75 %
Brule 3,146 793 25.21 %
Todd 4,483 1,118 24.94 %
Ziebach 1,553 385 24.79 %
Spink 4,073 995 24.43 %
Grant 4,599 1,123 24.42 %
Minnehaha 117,021 28,570 24.41 %
Brookings (Vote Center) 18,479 4,490 24.30 %
Dewey 3,283 796 24.25 %
Hanson 3,181 771 24.24 %
Sanborn 1,508 363 24.07 %
Miner 1,522 353 23.19 %
McCook 3,574 805 22.52 %
Moody 4,056 856 21.10 %
Deuel 2,862 599 20.93 %
Union 11,668 2,319 19.87 %
Clark 2,404 466 19.38 %
Buffalo 882 168 19.05 %
Oglala Lakota 7,586 792 10.44 %
TOTALS 546,899 154,318 28.22 %

Minnehaha County, where Auditor Bob Litz was once again slower than pretty much everyone else in the state in reporting final results, was in the bottom quintile for voter turnout, with only 24.41% of registered voters casting ballots.

3 Comments

  1. leslie 2020-06-04

    Sanborn county-grdz identity? Ominous. I think a Sanborn was a 1878 Ft Laramie signer seated next to killer General Harney (who hung a dozen Irish militia to make a statement out front of parliament in Mexico City in that War.)

  2. John 2020-06-04

    Here’s a proposal from 2 high school debaters to increase voter knowledge and information. They want the national forensic league, er, National Speech and Debate Association, to remove its firewall and live cast finals events.
    A NSDA membership is outrageous, $200-350/year.
    I’ll let the students explain.
    https://www.change.org/p/the-speech-debate-community-petition-to-make-nsda-finals-videos-a-free-resource-for-educating-and-empowering-world?recruiter=860619903&recruited_by_id=748785a0-1e6c-11e8-b787-79f30f0a071d&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=petition_dashboard

  3. Kurt Evans 2020-06-04

    Leslie asks:

    Sanborn county-grdz identity?

    No, Sanborn never county-grdz identity.

    Ominous.

    Yep.

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