Poll workers will attempt to space voters apart during South Dakota’s primary election, although there’s a good chance most ballots will have already been submitted ahead of in-person voting.

The secretary of state’s office has reported over 82,000 absentee ballots have already been returned, more than half the voter turnout for the last primary.

The secretary of state encouraged absentee voting in order to avoid coronavirus infections.

The results for the Democratic presidential primary won’t be much more than a statement in an all-but-decided race.

Republican Sen. Mike Rounds and Rep. Dusty Johnson are considered strong favorites to advance for a chance at a second term in their primary contests.

Locally, there is also a Republican Primary for the South Dakota House of Representatives in District Seven. Three men are vying for two Republican spots on the November ballot. they are incumbents Doug Post and Tim Reed and former state legislator Larry Tidemann.

There is also a Republican Primary today for Brookings County Commission between incumbents Mike Bartley and Ryan Krogman and challenger Shawn HJostler.


In Brookings County, the election polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Registered voters in Brookings County can vote at any of the following Vote Centers:

1-1 Brookings Activity Center—320 5th Ave., Brookings

1-2 Bethel Baptist Church—714 17th Ave. S., Brookings

1-4 Aurora Little Hall—101 Nicolett St., Aurora

1-5 Elkton Community Center—109 Elk St., Elkton

1-6 McKnight Hall in White—228 W. Main St., White

1-7 Bruce Community Room—507 Jay St., Bruce

1-10 Volga Community Center—109 Samara Ave., Volga


Complete election coverage tonight on all Brookings Radio stations, starting shortly after 7:00 p.m. Results will also be available at this web page and the Brookings Radio news Facebook page.