Voters share issues impacting their votes in the S.D. primary

RAPID CITY, S.D. – South Dakota primary polls open Tuesday. So what are issues impacting voters this year?

The economy and education are both important issues based on a NewsCenter1 survey of 20 voters.

“Well I would say, saving our infrastructure, our post office, our roads,” said Joseph Rice, who said he voted absentee. “Our schools would be really important to me and the environment would be another big one for me.” Rice also said he was a teacher in Rapid City for several years.

A few other surveyed voters were concerned about education.

One voter, also a teacher, claimed education was not prioritized in the state budget citing class sizes of 30, low teaching salaries and low student testing scores.

Another issue mentioned was the national deficit. Voters stated they wanted to see more financial growth in the national, state and local economies.

A few voters did say they were pleased with the current S.D. delegation and Republican Governor Kristi Noem, who would be up for re-election in 2022 along with U.S. Senator John Thune (R).

“We’re comfortable,” said Nancy Hartman, another absentee voter. “I guess we’re just comfortable with what’s going on. I mean I don’t have any one person that oversees the other and whatever the ballots are I read them and decide at that time.”

Many in the same group of surveyed voters voted by absentee ballot.

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HERE is a list of polling places for the 2020 elections.

There is a link for other pertinent voter information, HERE.

Polls in Pennington County will open at 7 a.m., June 2nd.


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