South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs wants to see higher public awareness of the ease of voting, both absentee and in-person. South Dakotans can request an absentee ballot to be completed by mail, or they can vote absentee in-person at select locations starting 46 days before Election Day.
“Our job with voter turnout is ensuring that they know the availability of all these options,” Krebs said.
The secretaries in both Dakotas host official websites with plentiful information for voters, one of the key components in the Pew Research Center’s Election Performance Index. Both Dakotas scored high in terms of the number of voting information lookup tools, coming in above the national average.
According to Pew, the majority of voters say the Internet is where they’d look first for polling place or election information. “Providing lookup tools is a key means by which states can enable citizens to exercise their right to vote,” according to the EPI authors.
In addition to the main website, Krebs has launched South Dakota’s first voting app for mobile devices. “Vote 605” is an information-protected application through which any registered South Dakota voter may look up their polling location, a sample ballot, and any other voter registration and election information specific to the user.
For more information, visit www.sos.nd.gov and www.sdsos.gov. South Dakotans can also download the “Vote 605” mobile app online in the Apple Store or on Google Play. Election Day is Nov. 8.
And there’s lots of information in the September/October issue of Dakotafire magazine—including a summary of ballot initiatives! Check out the whole issue here.