Officials urge voters to vote by mail to prevent spread of COVID-19

RAPID CITY, S.D. — County and state officials joined forces with Midwest Marketing to get the word out about voting from home.

Their latest campaign, “Stay Safe, Vote by Mail” encourages South Dakotans to send in an absentee ballot, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“This is the answer for people to be able to have their voices heard safely from their home,” says District 32 Senator Helene Duhamel.

The right to vote gives citizens a voice and state and local officials are ensuring that the coronavirus doesn’t change that.

Social distancing has forced communities to adapt to a new normal and with a primary election coming up in June, absentee ballots are essential for voting. As of now it is an effective way for counties and states to follow CDC guidelines without infringing on citizen’s rights.

If you aren’t registered to vote you’ll go to the South Dakota Secretary of State website, from there you’ll fill out the necessary forms.

After that you can request an absentee ballot from either the South Dakota Secretary of State website or your county’s auditor.

“You have to print the form out and mail it in along with a copy of your South Dakota drivers license or any of the other prescribed formats of identification,” says Pennington County Auditor, Cindy Mohler.

If you do not have access to a printer, you can also email the auditor’s office a picture of your identification and they will link it to your application.

When filling out the application, if you check the “all elections” box, you will receive an absentee ballot for every election.

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