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Low voter turnout for primary election

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Most of South Dakota's voters stayed away from the polls Tuesday.

South Dakota's Secretary of State tells us only 20% of voters cast their ballot -- far below the 50% prediction.

Secretary of State Jason Gant says the lower voter turnout surprised him. With so many candidates, he thought more South Dakotans would have gone out and voted.

He says there seems to be a reoccurring trend in voter turnout in the primary election.

"In 2012 primary, we had a 21% voter turnout and in this election yesterday we had a 20% turnout -- so very, very low," said Gant.

Gant says he can't pinpoint a specific reason why South Dakotans are not heading to the polls.

"It could be the weather or if people thought some candidates were going to take the election -- maybe some voter apathy. I'm not sure," said Gant.

South Dakotans can do better Gant says. A lot of issues were decided by only 20% of South Dakotans in this primary election.
"At the end of the day, our right to vote is our right to everything.  And we really want -- I encourage all South Dakotans to get out here and cast their ballots so their voice can be heard," said Gant.

Gant says he hopes the low primary election voter turnout trend will be broken in the next primary election.
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