South Dakota last in "represented voters"

Published: Oct. 5, 2016 at 9:37 PM CDT
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South Dakota voters could have a problem when the they head to the polls this election day.

We aren't talking about long lines or confusing ballots. We're talking about the people that will be showing up to vote.

The personal finance website Wallet-Hub has had South Dakota at the top of a lot of lists recently dealing with the economy - job opportunity - and quality of life.

But now the website has the state ranked dead last when it comes to


"When you're more informed you're more likely to vote." said Government Assistant Professor at Augustana University, Emily Wanless.

Wanless says each demographic has a different barrier keeping them from the polls.

"It's more costly for low income voters to turn out to vote. It might be that it's harder to get off of work when you are an hourly employee than say a salaried employee so there are more logistical concerns that lower income voters have to deal with," believes Wanless.

Wanless also says being unfamiliar with what's at stake in elections and a lack of interest have a negative affect to turnout.

"Younger voters are less educated and so again it all ties back to that informational level and if you feel comfortable discussing issues and make a choice you are more likely to vote," added Wanless.

But South Dakota has been aiming to get rid of any excuse for all eligible voters including early voting at your county auditors office.

"Our message is to make sure people, everyone is registered to vote. Then the second part is getting them to the polls and it doesn't matter as far as what the challenge maybe or what the concern is our message is that theirs ways to do so," said Secretary of State, Shantel Krebs.

But secretary Krebs says the state works on not excluding any group and making sure everyone who is eligible is casting their vote.

"We need to focus on as a whole that our goal is to register voters and we need to look at the population as a whole and we do a great job doing that so now we need to turn out," added Krebs.