Voting problems reported at South Dakota polling places

The latest on a computer glitch affecting primary election voters in South Dakota.


Polling stations in eight counties using the state’s electronic poll book systems were hit by computer glitches early Tuesday. The counties are Brookings, Brown, Hughes, Hyde, Pennington, Potter, Sully and Yankton.

In Pennington County, all polling stations have received backup paper polling books and are open and operating.

Affected polling stations will likely have their hours extended. Under state law, each polling location must stay open for a minimum of 12 hours. Find your polling station and get information on what you can vote on here.

Pennington County poll closure times:

Atonement Lutheran Church – 7:10 p.m.
Bethel Assembly of God Church – 7:25 p.m.
Box Elder Event Center – 7 p.m.
Calvary Lutheran Church – 7:30 p.m.
Canyon Lake Senior Center – 7:10 p.m.
Caputa Community Center – 7 p.m.
Doty Fire District – 7 p.m.
General Beadle School – 7 p.m.
Grandview School – 7:30 p.m.
Hill City School District – 7 p.m.
Jackson Heights Highrise – 8:36 p.m.
Keystone Community Center – 7 p.m.
New Underwood Community Center – 7 p.m.
Parkview Church – 8:45 p.m.
Pinedale School – 7:15 p.m.
Quinn Community Center – 7 p.m.
Rapid City Public Library – 7 p.m.
Rapid Valley Fire District – 7:35 p.m.
Rapid Valley School – 7:17 p.m.
RC School at Hart Ranch – 7 p.m.
Rimrock Community Center at Johnson Siding – 7 p.m.
Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church School – 8:20 p.m.
South Middle School – 8:45 p.m.
Southwest School – 8:45 p.m.
Valley View School – 7 p.m.
Wall Community Center – 7 p.m.
Walter Taylor 4H Building (Fairgrounds) – 8:40 p.m.
Wasta Community Center – 7 p.m.
West Park Apartments – 7:20 p.m.
West River Electric Association – 7 p.m.
Whispering Pines Fire District – 8:10 p.m.

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Some precincts were not affected or are back open. 

Bennett County – all precincts open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Butte County – all precincts open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Custer County – all precincts open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fall River County – all precincts open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Haakon County – all precincts open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Harding County – visit county auditor’s website
Jackson County – all precincts open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Lawrence County – all precincts open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Meade County – all precincts open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Oglala Lakota County – all precincts open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Perkins County – all precincts open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Ziebach County – all precincts open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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9:30 a.m.

Rapid City Communications Coordinator Darrell Shoemaker has released a statement on behalf of the city:

"We are fielding reports of people who are unable to vote due to an apparent computer glitch with the county’s E-pollbook system.  We are sharing our concerns with county officials and encourage everyone to remain committed today to exercising their right to vote and to be patient as county officials work on the situation."

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8:40 a.m.

NewsCenter1’s Calvin Cutler reports from the Pennington County Auditor’s Office that the problem is statewide. The electronic poll book service BPro is down. Paper poll books are currently being delivered to the precincts. Each polling place will stay open late – how late depends on when the paper polling books are delivered to each precinct.

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8:25 a.m.

The Pennington County Auditor’s Office has confirmed to NewsCenter1 that it is experiencing problems at polling places throughout Rapid City. Reports to NewsCenter1 indicate that voters are being turned away as officials try to rectify the problem. At least one person told NewsCenter1 that voting may be extended until 8 p.m. MST as a result of the problems.

Check back here for updates as they become available.

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