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Voter turnout strong in South Dakota



SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) _ South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant says polling places across the state are reporting big noon hours and strong afternoon traffic.


Gant earlier predicted that about 70 percent of the state's voters would cast ballots, down slightly from the 73 percent turnout in the 2008 presidential election.


He says that if the lines that started Tuesday morning come back after residents leave work, South Dakota should hit that number if not exceed it.


Polls are open Tuesday until 7 p.m. local time.

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Thousands of people across the state are casting votes for dozens of races, including the president: a key factor in luring the masses to the polls.

But will we see a record number of votes cast?

As of Noon on Tuesday, South Middle School has close to 800 people show up to cast their vote.

Election workers say the crowds are the largest morning crowds they've seen in the last decade.

The record numbers could be attributed to the race for President or even our own state lawmakers.

So far, many voters at South Middle School say while they already planned to vote to exercise their civic duties; Initiated Measure 15 also brought them to the polls.

That measure would increase the state general sales tax by one percent and the tax revenue would be split between public education and Medicaid.

A move some voters believe is the right one to make.

"We always vote, but there were a number of issues we were interested in today. Especially the ones about teachers and sales tax because we feel like schools do need more," said Fran Knudson.

"I like the idea of it; I don't mind giving up another penny for our schools to still have band and gym. If it will help our education system get better, I'm good for it," said Willie Stephen.

Throughout the morning, there was a steady stream of voters coming in to the South Middle School gym to cast their votes; a sign election day is off to a good start.

Remember when you vote today use the blue pens that are provided.

Any other color will disqualify your ballot.

Secretary of State Jason Gant says his office has received complaints about mailings by a political action committee that gave voters incorrect information about polling sites.

So, if you are unsure of where to vote, you can find a list of polling sites on the Secretary of State's website.



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