South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant announced today the appointments of new and returning members of the South Dakota Board of Elections. Rapid City attorney and former state legislator Linda Lea M. Viken was re-appointed to the State Board of Elections by Senator Jason Frerichs (D – Wilmot). Viken has served on the Board of Elections since 1999, and is currently one of the longest serving members of the panel.
Newly appointed to the board by Speaker of the House Val Rausch was Deuel County Auditor Pam Lynde. Lynde has been Deuel County Auditor for 16 years and was recently elected to her 5th term as Auditor. Prior to serving as Auditor, Lynde was the finance officer for the City of Clear Lake.
Chaired by Secretary Gant, the South Dakota Board of Elections has four primary functions under state law. The board has rule-making authority to promulgate administrative rules dealing with aspects of election conduct. The board makes recommendations to the Secretary of State regarding desirable election law changes. The board is charged with resolving complaints filed under the Help America Vote Act. And the board certifies automated ballot tabulating systems before they may be used in South Dakota.
Other members of the board are Cindy Schultz of Redfield, and Matt McCaulley, Richard Casey, and Chris Madsen of Sioux Falls.
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