Voters head to the poll despite rainy weather - KOTA Territory News

Voters head to the poll despite rainy weather

Tuesday was Election Day in KOTA Territory and voters didn't let the rainy weather keep them from the polls.

Voter Mallory Heutzenroeder said voting is very important to her. "I think voting is a responsibility, not just a right," Heutzenroeder said. "I’d think that voting is more important than a little bit of drizzle, she said.

The turnout was busier than usual at Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid City.

Precinct superintendent P.J. Haar said it was consistent. “We're impressed because we were expecting about 20%. They told us 1,500 people registered at this precinct. We've already had about 390. So we've exceeded the 20 percent," Haar said.

But things were slower at other polling stations around the city. The rain may have been a factor in the lower than usual turnout, but that may not have been the only factor that kept people away from the polls.

Clark Urban, a poll worker at South Middle School, said people aren’t into voting during the primary election.  "I think it has more to do with the fact that there's less interest in a midterm election than there is during a presidential election,” Urban said.

The U.S. senate and governor races were the two generating the most interest. But Heutzenroeder said we shouldn't ignore local elections.

"I think people really overlook city council elections. It's not just about who's going to be governor and who's going to be in Congress in Washington. It's about the people who are representing us right here in our community, in our town that make an impact," Heutzenroeder said.

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