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Sioux Falls residents cast ballots at Absentee voting Saturday

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Voters in Sioux Falls hit the poles early Saturday for the first round of absentee voting in the 2014 municipal election.

More than 200 voters made their way to the Minnehaha County auditor's office to cast their vote for Sioux Falls Mayor, city council, school boar and several ballot issues and measure in this election.

With so many important issues on the ballot this year, city officials and many Sioux Falls residents are hoping for a good voter turnout.

"The average turnout for a mayoral race is about 34 percent. We received 41 percent for our event center special election in 2011, I'd love to say I'm hoping for 100 percent, but realistically I'm hoping for about 50," said Lorie Hogstad, the Sioux Falls City Clerk.

"If you want to have a say in your community, then you need to make sure you're doing your part as a citizen," said Sioux Falls voter Michele Haigh.

"I've heard a lot of comments about this campaign, both positive and negative, but if you don't get out and vote, then you do not justify making those kind of comments if you haven't been a good citizen of Sioux Falls," said voter Mark Wahlstrom.

The official Election Day is this Tuesday, April 8th where 13 polling locations will be set up throughout the city from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Absentee voting will also be held on Monday at the County Auditor's office at 415 N. Dakota Ave from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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