Over 215,000 absentee ballots are filed with county auditors across South Dakota.
That’s nearly 95 percent of absentee ballots requested. And teams assembled by county auditors are sorting those ballots.
In the state’s second largest county absentee voting has been extremely heavy this year. Pennington County received more than 37,000 absentee ballots, nearly double that from 2016.
Given that influx an absentee ballot board has been at work since 7 am, opening ballots and putting an official stamp on them and getting them ready to run through the tabulators.