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Redistricting means some voters have new polling places for Tuesday's election

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Amber Zora

Tuesday is primary election day. It’s the first election since lawmakers redrew legislative boundaries.  

One county auditor warns poll locations for some voters may have changed.

There are several races for voters to weigh in on —from U.S. Senate to local school boards. The lion's share of primary races are between Republican candidates. However, every registered voter gets the chance to weigh in on Constitutional Amendment C.

Amendment C asks voters to raise the threshold for certain ballot questions to 60 percent — meaning a simple majority would not guarantee passage of those future ballot questions, and a minority of voters could overrule the majority.

The measure would apply to ballot questions that raise taxes or spend $10 million in general funds in their first five years. Some Republicans in the Legislature placed Amendment C on the primary ballot to make it harder to pass Medicaid expansion.

Voters hoping to cast ballots should be advised that lawmakers adopted new political boundaries last November, which means polling locations for some are different.

Cindy Mohler is the auditor for Pennington County. Her office sent flyers out reminding registered voters of their polling locations.

“Some people may have looked at it and thought it was a political flyer and thrown it away. We got thousands of them back as undeliverable,” Mohler says. “I would just suggest that if you don’t know for sure where your polling location is, please go online and check before you leave to go vote.”

You can find that at the voter information portal on the secretary of state’s website.

Mohler says poll workers make elections happen. She says they put in an extra long day. Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time.

Lee Strubinger is SDPB’s Rapid City-based news and political reporter. A former reporter for Fort Lupton Press (CO) and Colorado Public Radio, Lee holds a master’s in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.