The state Senate unanimously approved two sets of important reforms for South Dakota elections Tuesday. One would allow members of the armed forces to vote with digital technology rather than by U.S. mail. The other would establish a backup system for spring elections interrupted by bad weather or some other emergency. The two measures, SB 34 and SB 35, now go to the House of Representatives for consideration. They are proposed by the state Board of Elections, including Secretary of State Jason Gant.
The armed-forces voting change is intended to speed up the process. Many times those ballots arrive days or weeks later by mail.
The delayed-election change comes in the wake of the snowstorms last April that disrupted municipal and school-board elections in some communities.
The legislation calls for the election to resume one week later at the time that the voting was stopped because of emergency.
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