Absentee voting opens Friday across the state. Registered voters can cast their early ballot ahead of the November 8 general election.
One Auditor in the state says absentee ballot numbers are up, given the presidential election.
Pennington County Auditor Julie Pearson says her office has received about 4,000 early voting ballot requests this year. She says absentee voting numbers are about 25 percent higher than the 2008 election, when Barack Obama was first elected.
Pearson says about a quarter of registered voters in Pennington county will vote early.