Believe it or not election season has begun. While the results won't be counted until November, starting Friday, voters can fill out their ballots absentee. Many people choose to vote the traditional way but the absentee process is not as difficult as you might think.
It's 46 days until "Super Tuesday," but judging by the turnout at the Minnehaha County Auditor's office you'd think it was the big day. People kept filing in to cast their ballots absentee.
"It's the convenience of it, we've got a lot of people who conduct business down here and while they're here they can do that and do it on their time and not a certain day, if they want to get out of town we've got a lot of snow birds up here and it allows them to do that as well." Said Minnehaha County Auditor Bob Litz.
Which is exactly why Paul Skyberg and his wife came to vote Friday afternoon.
"We go to Yuma, Arizona for the winter and we leave the end of October, we're just trying to get it done early and get our affairs in order to leave." Said Skyberg.
The Skyberg's have voted absentee for the past several elections, but those who are new to this voting method shouldn't be worried. To vote absentee is as easy as filling out a voter registration application, then all you need is a driver's license.
Shane Swedlund had to register his new address in Sioux Falls and was worried that might hold him up, but with a few strokes on the keyboard, Shane had his ballot in hand.
"When you finish voting you need to fold the ballot in half, put it in here and seal it up please, and then the ballot box is right at the end of the table." Said the auditor's clerk.
In a matter of minutes Shane's vote was cast and he was on his way.
"It was convenient, I was able to get right in, no line at all so definitely wanted to take advantage of that." Said Swedlund.
People don't have to vote on the spot and can choose to mail their ballot in. The Minnehaha County Auditor says absentee voting is not only a convenience but gives people time to choose the best candidate.
"I think we should call it advanced voting instead of absentee because you can vote right up to the day of the election and if you're standing in front of us you're not absent." Said Litz.
Voters seem to agree.
"Oh it's very easy, yeah absentee voting is no problem at all." Said Skyberg.
Voters still have until October 22 to register for an absentee ballot. In the last presidential election one of every four ballots was cast absentee. Litz says this election very well could be closer to one out of three.
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