354,670 of South Dakota’s 597,073 registered voters participated in this year’s general election, bringing statewide voter turnout to 59.40%. That’s about average for a midterm election but 5+ percentage points lower than 2018’s 64.89% and notably below the recent midterm peak of 73.7% in 1994.
Voter turnout by county ranged from 31.70% in Oglala Lakota County to 73.14% in Gregory County.
In Minnehaha County, South Dakota’s most populous with 21.91% of South Dakota’s voters, only 57.76% of registered voters participated in the most basic expression of patriotic duty. Sioux Falls voters still faced longer lines than usual, thanks to the new lines on the Legislative map:
The League of Women Voters monitors election issues.
“So the biggest problem we heard was longer lines than usual,” said Amy Scott-Stoltz, Vice President of the South Dakota Chapter. “And that happens after the redistricting process” [Beth Warden, “Long Lines at the Polls and Possible Solutions in Minnehaha County,” KSFY, 2022.11.09].
If redistricting creates the voter jam, then we can expect lines to shorten in the next four elections, now that voters all know their district. But outgoing Minnehaha County auditor Ben Kyte says his coming replacement, radical election-denier Leah Anderson, could alleviate long waits to vote by opening more polling places:
There is a solution, according to Kyte. The incoming auditor could work with the county to create additional precincts, reducing the number of those who arrive to vote at each location [Warden, 2022.11.09].
Minnehaha County could also promote early voting, send out absentee ballots to every voter, and place more secure ballot drop boxes around the county. But the last thing Anderson and her cabal of Big Liars want to do is make it easier for people to vote. She wants to make less work for herself by kicking thousands of people off Minnehaha County’s voting rolls.