The Secretary of State’s Office told the Government Operations and Audit Committee that absentee voting was more popular than in-person voting in South Dakota’s June primary:
[Secretary of State Steve] Barnett said registered voters requested 112,222 absentee ballots, compared to 23,146 in 2018 and 19,124 in 2016. He said the costs came to about $325,000 for mailing, printing and design. More than 98,000 voters already have requested absentee ballots for November, he said.
Jason Lutz, the deputy secretary of state, said 58 % of votes in South Dakota’s primaries came by absentee ballots. The turnout of 28% was the highest for a primary election since 2008 when there were two competitive presidential contests. “We would hope that would continue this fall,” Lutz said [Bob Mercer, “S.D. Election Official Answers Legislators’ Questions About Recounts in Two Primaries,” KELO-TV, 2020.07.23].
Funny: amidst all that mail-in voting, we’ve heard no cries of fraud or vote-stealing, and 18% of voters have already signed up to vote that way again in the fall.