Voter turnout down slightly in South Dakota

Courtesy: MGN Online
Courtesy: MGN Online

(KSFY) - While more voters were registered in South Dakota than ever before, state election officials say voter turnout was down slightly in 2016 compared to recent presidential elections.

69.6 percent of voters turned out for the November 8 election, according to Secretary of State Shantel Krebs. That's down from 69.72 percent in 2012, and 73.2 percent in 2008.

While a smaller percentage of people voted, more of them voted ahead of time. 108,733 absentee ballots were cast this year, the most ever. The previous record was 100,780 in 2008.

In addition, Krebs says voter registration was an all-time high for South Dakota. 544,428 people were registered to vote for this election. 378,995 of those registered cast a ballot in 2016.