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Secretary of state reminds voters not to publicize marked ballots

October 11, 2018

PIERRE — As absentee voting is currently underway and as voters head to the polls on General Election day, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is issuing a reminder to South Dakota voters not to publicize an official, marked ballot.

“Our South Dakota voters are energized around this year’s General Election,” stated Secretary Krebs. “However, posting a photo to social media of an official ballot, showing how the individual voted is illegal.”

State law outlines that no person may publicize an official ballot after it is marked to any person in such a way as to reveal the contents of the official ballot, or the name of any candidate for whom the person has marked a vote. No person may solicit a voter to show the voter’s official ballot.

If a citizen feels this law is being broken, they are encouraged to contact law enforcement immediately.

The general election in South Dakota will be held Tuesday, Nov. 6. Absentee voting can be done at your county auditor’s office or by mail.

The general election ballot contains five ballot questions to be voted on this year. The link to the Ballot Question Information Pamphlet is https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/upcoming-elections/general-information/2018-GeneralElection-Ballot-Question-Pamphlet.aspx.

South Dakota voters may check their voter registration, find their polling locations, track their absentee ballot application and view their sample ballot at https://vip.sdsos.gov/VIPLogin.aspx.

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