Butte County - Government & Citizenship
The Butte County Commission includes five elected commissioners who represent different districts within the county. In 2011, approximately half of the county’s $3.2 million budget is allocated to general government services including courts and the state’s attorney’s office. Another third of the total budget pays for public safety. Contact information for the commissioners, as well as agendas and minutes for Commission meetings are available here.
Butte County citizens generally vote Republican in state and national elections. In the 2004 presidential election, 74 percent voted for George W. Bush. In the 2008 election 67 percent voted for the ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin and in the 2012 election 73 percent voted for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
Voter turnout in Butte County in the 2010 general election was 59.3 percent, compared to statewide turnout of 62.3 percent. Voter turnout incresed to 66.3 percent for the 2012 general election, but turnout was still below the 69.7 percent statewide turnout. For more information on election history in Butte County, visit the South Dakota Secretary of State.
Voter Turnout in Butte County by Party, November 2010 General Election