SIOUX FALLS, SD (Dakota News Now) – At the county administration building 6th and Minnesota Minnehaha County Auditor Ben Kyte and his staff oversee the vote. According to Kyte, voting is longer this year.
“So if you’re a resident of Sioux Falls, you’re going to have 30 questions. If you live outside the city limits, you’ll have 29 because you don’t have a slaughterhouse question to vote on,” Kyte said.
The Secretary of State’s website has valuable information on how to prepare for voting time.
“And then not only do you vote, but they show you your sample ballot to review,” Kyte said.
Tripp County Auditor Barb Desersa says her office will count by hand and use machines to address the concerns of a group of voters.
“You know, they trust their neighbor more than machines,” Desersa said.
The Tripp County Commission decided that counting both ways was a solution to concerns about machine inaccuracy or the risk of hacking.
“On that day they made the decision to count the votes manually for the mid-term elections,” said Desersa.
Desersa says that the machines cannot access the Internet.
“Ours doesn’t have a modem. You know, the state of South Dakota doesn’t allow our machines to be online,” Desersa said.
Absentee voting continues in Lincoln County at the County Courthouse building. For those who live closer to Sioux Falls than Canton, you can drop off your ballot in the USF Stadium parking lot on Thursday, November 2nd from 4-7 to a county clerk and sheriff.
Before voting or on election day, Kyte says the mood is usually upbeat.
“People like the opportunity to exercise their constitutional rights to vote, so yes, I think they’re generally happy to come out to vote,” Kyte said.
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