SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s primary election is in 2 weeks and election officials are seeing the same coronavirus reaction seen by their Nebraska counterparts earlier this month.
Officials in both state sent absentee ballot request forms to all registered voters, encouraging them to vote by mail rather that risk exposure by going to a polling place.
The result in Nebraska was nearly 400,00 voters, a record, casting ballots in that manner and Sioux Falls City Clerk Tom Greco is seeing the same pattern in his office.
Greco says he mailed out roughly 14,500 ballots with over 6,200 already completed and returned. By comparison, on about 6,600 absentee ballots were in 2018 combined for the regular election and runoff election that decided the Sioux Falls mayoral race.