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Rapid City sunset from camping area.
Rapid City sunset from camping area.
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February 10, 2016

Legislation Proposed to Change Voting Registration Address Requirements

State Sen. Craig Tieszen, R-Rapid City, proposed Senate Bill 164 last week reports the Rapid City Journal.  This bill would change the address requirements for voter registration to exclude using a business location, post office box, or campground box.  Currently some cities in South Dakota are home to mail forwarding services.  These companies establish a postal address and forward mail for folks who travel year round.  Some services, such as Americas Mailbox in Box Elder, also help with drivers license renewals and vehicle registration.  The bill would allow people to appeal to the county auditor, but they would be required to meet specific criteria.  Legislators are concerned that RVers could swing an election despite not spending the majority of their time in the area. 

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