South Dakota’s Primary Election was held last Tuesday, and with it came a myriad of problems for polling places and South Dakota voters. According to the KOTA Territory News, some voters were unable to vote for their preferred candidate due to registration errors and an electronic voter identification problem delayed some polling locations.
Meade County Auditor Lisa Schieffer says that these problems stem from South Dakota’s primary system, which is a closed primary system. This means that voters must be registered with their chosen political party in order to vote in a primary election. Registration mistakes can occur when residents move and fail to reregister.
Voters must register with their political party at least fifteen days prior to a primary election. You can find more information on voter registration on the South Dakota Secretary of State’s website.
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