Absentee voting has been extremely popular across South Dakota this year; in Minnehaha County alone, more than 14,000 ballots have already been cast.
The Minnehaha County Auditor's office was open for absentee voting Saturday morning, helping voters get to the polls at their convenience.
"I get all my errands done today….because my daughter can give me a ride mainly, and I always get my hair done every Saturday morning," said Doris Salem.
County Auditor Bob Litz says he hopes the good early voting turn out will mean shorter lines on Election Day when the rest of the 110,000 registered voters in Minnehaha County head to the polls.
Voters have many reasons to absentee vote, but one of the main reasons is convenience.
"It's very convenient for somebody if they have some other business to stop in here and vote," said Litz.
Many people took advantage of that Saturday; there was a steady line outside the County Auditor's office right up until voting closed at noon.
"You never know what's going to come up on Election Day," said early voter Marc Anderson.
"We had a loss in the family so we're going to be gone on Tuesday," said Ashlynn Boerhave.
"I came home this weekend so I could just do it early so I wouldn't have to worry about it later," said college student Kristine Zimmerman.
"Instead of worrying about, am I going to have a sick kid or am I going to have to stay home and take care of her or something, I instead, you know, I can fill it out early and be done with it," said Anderson.
With 89 years of voting experience, Salem said whenever you vote, the most important thing is to simply get out and vote.
"Well I think everyone should vote, as far as that goes," said Salem.
If you weren't able to cast your absentee ballot in today, the Minnehaha County Auditor's office will be open Monday from 8-5pm. Absentee ballots will be accepted until 3:00pm on Election Day.
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