The Senate wants to put a stop to Election Day requests for absentee ballots. South Dakota law requires counties to provide absentee ballots in person until 3 p.m. on Election Day. Senate Bill 130 would push the deadline back to 5 p.m. the day before an election; voters still could turn in absentee ballots the day of an election. The Senate on Wednesday voted 32-1 in favor of the proposal, sending it to the House.
Secretary of State Jason Gant said during a committee hearing last week that county auditors’ offices are busy on Election Day and shouldn’t have to deal with new absentee voters. He also said it would guard against voters casting ballots at both their polling place and the county courthouse.