Voting made easier in South Dakota

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Governor Kristi Noem signed into law House Bill 1027 Tuesday.

The bill was set out to revise provisions regarding vote centers and precinct workers.

This means some counties can establish vote centers as the place for registered voters to cast their ballot on election day replacing polling places with a centralized location.

The bill also allows county auditors to let any registered voter work as precinct workers, not just registered Democrats and Republicans.

For Pennington County, the auditor's office and voters say its current precinct system fits its community just fine.

"For Pennington County, the precinct system has tended to work really well. Communities are based in Rapid City splitting the city up into precincts allows for shorter lines and for people to vote where it's the most convenient for them in their community in the first place, said Sunny Gaughen, West River field organizer with the South Dakota Democratic Party and a voter.

Vote centers may be more beneficial in rural areas such as a reservation where its difficult for a person to get to their polling location.