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June 4 primary election: What to know

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – The South Dakota Primary Election is on Tuesday, June 4. Here’s a few things you should know before heading to the polls. 

Voting Information

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time. The Voter Information Portal is a resource to find your nearest polling location and voter information. 

Absentee voting started in South Dakota May 20. According to the Secretary of State’s office, county election officials must receive absentee ballots no later than 5 p.m. the day before the election.

KELOLAND News reported May 30 that Minnehaha County only received 2,000 absentee ballots out of the 140,000 registered voters. County Auditor Leah Anderson is predicting a 30-40% turnout.

“I think it’s just one of those years for absentee, especially maybe we’ll see better numbers on Election Day,” Anderson said. 

KELOLAND News election resources

For this year’s primary, there are no statewide constitutional amendments or ballot measures to vote on. Some counties will have individual ballot initiatives though. Winners of the primary election will represent their district on the November ballot.

The General Election is set for Tuesday, November 5, 2024.

South Dakota Legislature

Throughout the state, 26 Republican House of Representatives races and 18 Senate Republican races are active for the primary. This year, there are no Democratic House elections.

In the House, there are Republican primaries for District 1 (Brown, Day, Marshall, Roberts), District 2 (Minnehaha), District 4 (Clark, Codington, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Roberts),  Hamlin, Roberts), District 5 (Codington), District 6 (Lincoln), District 7 (Brookings), District 8 (Brookings, Kingsbury, Lake, Miner), District 9 (Minnehaha), District 11 (Minnehaha), District 12 (Lincoln, Minnehaha), District 13 (Lincoln, Minnehaha), District 14 (Minnehaha), District 16 (Lincoln, Turner, Union), District 17 (Clay, Union), District 18 (Clay, Yankton), District 19 (Bon Homme, Hanson, Hutchinson, McCook, Turner), District 20 (Davison, Jerauld, Miner, Sanborn), District 21 (Aurora, Charles Mix, Douglas, Gregory, Tripp), District 22 (Beadle, Clark, Spink), District 23 (Brown, Campbell, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, McPherson, Potter, Walworth), District 28B (Butte, Harding, Perkins), District 29 (Meade), District 30 (Custer, Fall River, Pennington), District 31 (Lawrence), District 32 (Pennington) and District 34 (Pennington).

KELOLAND News wrote preview reports on the Sioux Falls area House races, including District 2, District 6, District 11 and District 13.

In the Senate, there are Republican primaries for District 3 (Brown), District 4, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23, District 25 (Minnehaha, Moody), District 27 (Bennett, Jackson, Pennington, Oglala Lakota), District 28 (Butte, Corson, Dewey, Harding, Perkins, Ziebach), District 29, 30, 31, District 33 (Meade, Pennington), District 34 and District 35 (Pennington).

Find my legislative district

For registered Democratic and Independent voters, there will only be one local primary for state Senate in District 27. The western district has two democratic candidates including incumbent Red Dawn Foster and Gerald Cournoyer Jr. The House has no democratic races for this year’s primary. 

All Democratic and Independent voters can vote for the Democratic Presidential nominee between Joe Biden, Dean Phillips, Marianne Williamson and Armando Perez-Serrato.

Money spent ahead of the primary election

KELOLAND Capitol News Bureau reporter Bob Mercer looked a campaign finance reports ahead of the primary election.

PACs heavily favor one bloc of legislative candidates

The reporting deadline for the primary election was Monday, May, 20th.

An analysis by Mercer, found more than 40 South Dakota Political Action Committees contributed thousands of dollars into the primary races.

Written by: Badlands Classic Rock

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