Voter turnout during COVID-19 pandemic
Many voters mailed in absentee votes to avoid any crowds. Those who didn't vote early showed up at the polls to exercise their right to vote.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The question on Election Day: will COVID-19 effect the turn out at the polls?
Anya Mueller caught up with some voters who were not letting the pandemic stop them from voting.
Russell Enns, Meade County Voter, says, “[I will] continue to support our bill of rights and our freedom, and people should avail themselves at any opportunity that they have. They (voting volunteers) are ensuring that the voting is proper and done correctly.” ”
Another voter says, “It’s a civic duty you just have to do it and do precautions.”
“You just make sure your hands are clean and cover yourself up and you should be safe, so no it didn’t keep me from voting,” says a voter at Meade County.
Kim Anderson, Superintendent Precinct-11 Piedmont, says, “It’s a little bit slow today as far as numbers but when I look at the sheet of registered voters, there were a lot that were mail in or voted early so we do not have as many coming to the polls. I’m sure that’s because of the COVID-19. We are glad to see as many people coming to vote, as we are, it’s our right and our duty as citizens and I hope that we have more in November.”
Some voters were masked up, others are choosing to not to and using the precautions set in place, like social distancing. The precinct volunteers are ensuring patrons safety by wiping down booths and pens and offering masks and gloves for people to use.