SD Secy. of State Krebs visits Rapid City

South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs was in Rapid City Thursday, checking on preparations for early voting that starts Friday, April 20.

Krebs spent time with Pennington County Auditor Julie Pearson and her staff.

This year’s primary is unusual because there’s a ballot question about Rapid City’s Don Barnett Arena. So even people who list no party affiliation have a reason to go to the polls.

Voters can begin casting early or absentee ballots on Friday.

“Our goal is to make sure that everything is ready in the county auditors’ offices across the state and making sure they have the information,” said Krebs. “We are already getting requests into our office, and our county auditors are wondering what the process is.

“So, encouraging people they can vote early, which means, of course, in-person absentee at your local county auditor’s office. Or you can mail an application in to request an absentee ballot sent to you."

This year, Pennington County voters will be able to use a new, ADA-compliant electronic voting machine. The goal, says Krebs, is to ensure everyone has an opportunity to make their voice heard.

"It’s just really, again, to make sure that everyone has the ability and availability to vote,” she said. “That’s the most important – is that the access is here at the county auditor’s office to do so, as well as on election day in those polling locations."

The deadline to register to vote in the June 5 primary is May 21.

Voters can register at their county auditor’s office or on the Secretary of State’s website.