The angry Trumpist conspiracy theorists have won a small victory, getting the Minnehaha and Lincoln County auditors to remove the absentee ballot dropboxes from the fronts of their courthouses in Sioux Falls and Canton.
Both offices announced through press releases Friday the policy is effective starting next Wednesday, and won’t be used for the remaining 2022 elections.
Lincoln County auditor Sheri Lund said Friday her office decided to stop using the drop box, located inside the sheriff’s office, because the county is currently “not in the restraints of the pandemic.”
…Minnehaha County will stop using their ballot drop box for similar reasons. The county’s auditor Ben Kyte said his office has been using drop boxes for municipal elections.
His office sees more people in Minnehaha County willing to come vote in-person, and he says discontinuing the use after the upcoming election will assist in saving more resources for other elections [Nicole Ki, “Minnehaha, Lincoln Counties Halt Use of Ballot Drop Boxes Ahead of June Primary,” Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 2022.04.08].
Trumpist Lincoln County Commissioner Joel Arends is on Twitter celebrating the removal of his county’s “illegal, unconstitutional” ballot drop box and exhorting his fellow cultists to fight these menaces across the state, but there is no provision of the South Dakota Constitution or South Dakota absentee-voting law that prohibits county auditors from installing dropboxes to receive absentee ballots. Nor have Arends and his Trumpnuts shown how these boxes pose any threat to the integrity of our elections. The dropboxes certainly didn’t create any trouble in the 2020 election, Auditor Lund told Tuesday’s Lincoln County Commission meeting:
Thousands of people took advantage of the drop box, she said.
“There was no fraudulent activity proven to be had,” Lund said at the Tuesday meeting [Ki, 2022.04.08].
But Arends and his apartheid cult don’t want to hear facts and empirical evidence; they just want something to holler about to promote their nationwide push to reduce voter turnout. Expect them to shift, as their ilk is wont to do, to some other baseless conspiracy theory as the basis for their angry assault on democracy.