Sending out absentee ballot applications helps people safely exercise their civic duty

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Though it has been months since the coronavirus pandemic first sent us all home in an effort to slow the spread of infection, COVID-19 still remains a serious threat for people both here in South Dakota and across the nation. As we all transition back to normal life, we need to be conscious of the risks this virus poses and take the proper precautionary steps to keep ourselves, and our communities, safe.

At the start of the outbreak, Secretary of State Steve Barnett made the crucial decision to mail absentee ballot applications to every registered voter in South Dakota ahead of the June 2 primary. This sensible choice helped to protect our state’s most vulnerable residents. Instead of leaving their homes to wait in line and risk coming into contact with dozens of other people, accessible absentee voting allowed high-risk voters to make their voices heard from the safety of their kitchen table. As a result, 58% of primary votes cast this year were done using absentee ballots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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