SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – Early voting begins at the end of this week for South Dakotans and sample ballots are out.
Before you vote in the 2022 general election, here’s what you need to know.
This is a non-presidential election, so the only federal government officials on the ballot will be for one of South Dakota’s two U.S. Senate seats and the only state seat in the United States House.
Registered voters in South Dakota will vote in state offices, state legislators, county-level offices, state Supreme Court justices, circuit court judges and two measures of voting. Registered voters in Sioux Falls will also vote on a citywide measure.
All South Dakotans will vote for U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Auditor, State Treasurer, Commissioner of Schools and Public Lands and the Commissioner of Public Utilities.
In the race for the US Senate, there are three candidates on the ballot – Brian Bengs (D-Aberdeen), Tamara Lesnar (Libertarian-Grenville) and John Thune (R-Sioux Falls).
In the race for U.S. Representatives, there are two candidates on the ballot — Collin Duprel (Liberatarian-Vale) and Dusty Johnson (R-Mitchell).
For governor and lieutenant governor, there are three candidate tickets — Jamie Smith (D-Sioux Falls) and Jennifer Keintz (D-Eden); Tracey Quint (Libertarian-Sioux Falls) and Ashley Strand (Libertarian-Rapid City); and Kristi Noem (R-Castlewood) and Larry Rhoden (R-Union Center).
In the race for Secretary of State, there are two candidates — Thomas Cool (D-Sioux Falls) and Monae Johnson (R-Rapid City).
For Attorney General, there is only one candidate – Marty Jackley (R-Pierre).
In the race for state auditors, there are three candidates — Stephanie Marty (D-Sioux Falls), Rene Meyer (Libertarian-Hartford) and Richard Sattgast (R-Pierre).
In the race for state treasurers, there are two candidates — John Cunningham (D-Sioux Falls) and Josh Haeder (R-Huron).
For the position of public services commissioner, there are two candidates – Jeffrey Barth (D-Sioux Falls) and Chris Nelson (R-Pierre).
In the race for Commissioner of Schools and Public Lands, there are two candidates — Timothy Azure (D-Wessington Springs) and Brock Greenfield (R-Clark).
For each position statewide, voters can only vote for one or leave the box blank. All parts and cities listed are from the State Secretariat website and candidates are listed in the order in which they appear on the ballot.
Voters can vote by mail in person with their county auditor from Friday until the day before Election Day. Polling stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time on Election Day. For polling locations and sample ballots, see the Voter Information Portal on the S.O.S. website.
In order to cast an absentee ballot, registered voters must request an application from their county auditor or download and complete one from the S.O.S. website.
Voters submitting absentee ballot applications must have a photocopy of an approved photo ID or have the form notarized. Acceptable photo ID cards include a South Dakota driver’s license or non-driver ID card, tribal photo ID, passport, or other government-issued photo ID. the United States government, or a current student photo ID issued by a South Dakota high school or post-secondary institution. .
The voter registration deadline is Monday, October 24, 2022.
If you have not registered to vote in the past, you will need to print and complete this form, sign it, and then submit it to your county auditor. Voter registration cannot be done electronically in South Dakota.
Not sure if you’ve already registered? You can check it online at South Dakota Secretary of State website. Just fill in your information, and if you’re registered to vote, it’ll show you your voting location for the next election.
Key dates for the November 8 general election
- Start of absentee voting: Friday, September 23, 2022
- Deadline for voter registration: Monday, October 24, 2022
- Voting on Election Day: Tuesday, November 8, 2022
KELOLAND News wants to help you find out who is running in your constituency before you go to the polls. On the webpage of your local KELOLAND election headquarters, you will find the latest stories regarding campaign issues.
On this page, you can also learn more about the candidates vying for seats in the South Dakota Senate and House of Representatives.
You can live in a constituency with only one candidate. In the Senate, there are 20 precincts with only one Republican candidate on the ballot because there are no other opposing candidates.
In the South Dakota House, there are 12 districts with only Republican candidates on the ballot because there are no other opposing candidates.
All South Dakotans will vote on two statewide ballot issues – Constitutional Amendment D and Initiated Measure 27. Voters in Sioux Falls will also vote on a city-initiated measure to ban construction or the authorization of new slaughterhouses within the city limits.
What is Amendment D?
Constitutional Amendment D would amend the South Dakota Constitution to expand Medicaid eligibility to help provide medical coverage to low-income people in designated categories. The Legislative Research Council Tax Note for Amendment D, expanding Medicaid would cover 42,500 new people at a cost of $297 million, which would cost the state $32.5 million and yield $63.5 million in savings on general funds.
Proponents of Medicaid expansion say it will return more federal tax dollars to the state and allow South Dakota to use more federal funds for resident health.
Opponents of Medicaid expansion in South Dakota have said health care expansion will impact the state budget going forward.
What is initiated measure 27?
IM 27 would legalize marijuana in small amounts for people 21 and older. The measure legalizes substances considered criminal controlled substances under state law. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
LRC tax notes says IM 27 could create “incremental incremental revenue in new civil fines” and the state could see a “minimal decrease in spending due to decreased incarceration for marijuana-related offenses.”
Proponents say legalizing small amounts gives people 21 or older the freedom to choose whether to use marijuana and allows police to focus on the most serious crimes.
Opponents say legal marijuana will increase marijuana use for children and will not help foster healthy families.
Measure launched at Sioux Falls slaughterhouse
This measure would prohibit the construction of new slaughterhouses and allow them to operate within the city limits of Sioux Falls. It would not concern existing slaughterhouses built and operated before the date of entry into force of the measure.
Proponents began this ballot measure in response to Wholestone Farms’ announcement to build a pork processing facility on 175 acres near Interstate 229 and Benson Road. Wholestone Farms has built a “bespoke slaughterhouse” to be opened before the initiated measure takes effect.
Proponents say the slaughterhouse’s impact on the city will be negative and want to see them operate outside the city limits.
Opponents said the ban would hurt future businesses coming to Sioux Falls and hurt the agricultural industry and other industries in the area.