Almost two thirds of South Dakota voters cast ballots Tuesday

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Tuesday's voter turnout wasn't a record but some counties nearly hit 80 percent,

Overall, South Dakota voter turnout was 62.75 percent for the midterm election. Of the 544,288 registered voters, 341,546 made the trek to the polls.

While turnout was lower than in the 2016 presidential election (72 percent voted), it was healthier than the 2014 midterm election when only 54 percent of voters cast ballots.

The best turnout was 79.94 percent in Jones County; while Oglala Lakota was at the bottom of the counties with a turnout of only 39.07 percent.

Of South Dakota’s two largest counties, Minnehaha did the best with a turnout of 61.85 percent of the 114,868 registered voters. Pennington turnout was 58.23 percent of its 72,026 registered voters.

Turnout in other West River counties:
• Bennett – 61 percent
• Butte – 62 percent
• Custer – 68 percent
• Fall River – 62 percent
• Haakon – 69 percent
• Harding – 72 percent
• Jackson – 56 percent
• Lawrence – 65 percent
• Meade – 61 percent
• Mellette – 64 percent
• Perkins – 63 percent
• Todd – 49 percent
• Ziebach – 53 percent

You can go to the South Dakota Secretary of State website for more details on statewide voter turnout.