On the Other Hand: Leaders & Close Elections

Nov 12, 2020

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How close is too close for a vote count? How do leaders help voters come together and move on? SDPB's Kevin Woster considers a little history as we navigate the present. You can find his work on our website at 

Suffrage In South Dakota

Aug 19, 2020

During this centennial year of ratification of the 19th Amendment, SDPB is telling the history of suffrage in South Dakota. The right for women’s voices to be heard in the public square and at the ballot box changed nearly every aspect of American life and American history forever. Throughout the year, we’ve welcomed historians and vanguards to talk about the journey to suffrage and its impact right here at home.

Meet the Candidates: Doug Barthel

Jul 15, 2020

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Doug Barthel is a former police chief with the Sioux Falls Police Department and is now a community relations specialist at Sanford Health. He's also a candidate for South Dakota's House of Representatives representing District 10 which includes parts of Minnehaha county. He joins us today as part of our Meet the Candidates series.


Meet the Candidates: Wayne Steinhauer

Jul 13, 2020

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Wayne Steinhauer has been a member of the South Dakota Senate since 2019 and his term is up in January. He's running for re-election and would like your vote. He's a Republican out of District 9 which is Minnehaha County.


News Special: South Dakota Primary

May 29, 2020

The South Dakota primaries are Tuesday, June 2. In this week's podcast, you'll hear from Sen. Mike Rounds and Scyller Borglum, Rep. Dusty Johnson's challenger Liz Marty May, and the three candidates vying for the Minnehaha County State's Attorney position. 

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In The Moment ... March 14, 2019 Show 535 Hour 1

An act of statesmanship?

Kevin Woster writes that U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson showed "courage of conviction" when he voted against President Trump's emergency declaration with respect to the U.S./Mexico border.

Read more in Woster's SDPB blog, On the Other Hand.

SDPB's Strubinger Previews Primary

Jun 4, 2018

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Tuesday is South Dakota's primary and special election. Republicans are choosing between some of the state's high profile candidates for governor and U.S. House.

There's also a vote to amend Marsy's Law. And Rapid City voters will decide whether the city should issue bonds for a new arena at the Civic Center.

SDPB political reporter Lee Strubinger focuses on the issues.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Three in four South Dakota voters say the state should cap payday lending interest rates. Initiated Measure 21 garnered support from 270,278 people.

Steve Hildebrand owns a coffee shop in Downtown Sioux Falls. Customers who visited him Wednesday offered him congratulations with their orders.

Hildebrand has campaigned in favor of limiting the interest rate payday lenders can charge. He says a coalition of churches, groups, and concerned citizens support the move.

Public Vote For New Pierre Event Center

Jun 22, 2016

Pierre residents will vote in November whether to build a new recreation and event center. If built, the center would open in early 2019 and seat 4,000 people. City leaders previously tore down its City Auditorium due to structural problems. That structure had been condemned.

Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says the $14.5 million dollar project is designed to handle different athletics and concerts requiring flat floor space. She sees this significant investment benefiting area residents of all ages.

The Native Vote And Future Elections

Dec 10, 2014
Matika Wilbur

The 2014 election is well over.   But for some it’s not too soon to start thinking about 2016 or even 2020 and beyond. This is especially true if your goal is to get school age kids interested in voting.

An effort to increase voter turnout in tribal communities in South Dakota is continuing–and some say the 2014 election shows past efforts paid off.

You can find out more about Sicangu Lakota Artist Frank Waln at his website here.

Brewer Vs. Yellow Bird Steele for OST President

Nov 2, 2014

In Tuesday’s midterm election, voters will decide the make-up of congress and South Dakota’s next Governor.  
On the Pine Ridge Reservation, a presidential race is also underway.   Tribal residents are deciding who will lead the Oglala Lakota Nation for the next two years.  

Shannon Co. Auditor: 2014 May Not Top 2004 Record Turnout

Oct 28, 2014

The early voting turnout on the Pine Ridge Reservation appears to be ramping up.  But for now it may not be on track to top the record year of 2004.

Sue Ganje is the Shannon County Auditor.  

She says that 2004 contest between then incumbent Senator Tom Daschle and challenger John Thune included more than 1,600 absentee ballots cast.    Her office recorded over 4,500 total votes that election on Pine Ridge.

So far this year, Ganje says the early voting place at the Sue Ann Big Crow Center in the town of Pine Ridge has seen just over 530 early votes cast.  

Get Out The Native Vote Effort Continues

Oct 27, 2014

Control of the Senate could be up for grabs in this midterm election--and some believe the Native American vote could be a deciding factor.  

In South Dakota the Native vote has a history of tipping tight races toward Democrats and there is now a large get out the vote in tribal communities.   But if and how the Native vote can change this race is still in question. 

SD "Rez Tour" Aims To Increase Native Vote

Oct 14, 2014

The Native American vote can make the difference in tight statewide races in South Dakota.  

U.S Senator Tim Johnson credits support in Indian Country in 2002 for his 400 vote victory over then Rep. John Thune.  

This week a group is making a final push to get more Native people signed up to vote before the voter registration deadline.

The Native Vote And The U.S. Senate

Oct 2, 2014

Who wins an election is often determined by who shows up to vote.

At least two sitting U.S. Senators can credit narrow political victories by margins they carried in Indian County.
Some political pundits point out that the number of Native Americans that turn out to vote in this election could again play a key role in determining the makeup of the U.S. Senate.
SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray has this story on why some say the Native vote shouldn’t be overlooked in this election.

Bond On Ballot Again In Tea

Oct 24, 2013

The Tea Area School Board is putting a bond on a local election ballot. Voters will decide the multi-million dollar issue before the New Year.  This is the second attempt at a similar bond to improve facilities within the Tea Area School District.

Voters defeated bond issue in September that would have built new facilities.  This election was defeated by a very small margin of only 31 votes. Tea Area School Board President John Herr says a few changes were made between the defeated proposal and the newly proposed one.

First Voter

Sep 25, 2012

The election is still six weeks away, but early voting is already happening in South Dakota and Idaho.  John Hockenberry, host of PRI/WNYC's The Takeaway, is on a quest to find the first man or woman to cast their vote.

As part of a national voting movement, South Dakota’s Secretary of State tours some area colleges this week. Tuesday marks National Voter Registration Day, and Secretary of State Jason Gant has events scheduled at four southeast South Dakota locations.