Voter Turnout in South Dakota

I was mistaken in my pre-election analysis about voter turnout in South Dakota. I had thought that we might see historically high numbers (75% plus) given the nature of the election– particularly the Duel on the Prairie for South Dakota’s seat in the House of Representatives.

However, we had an average-to-low turnout of 62.26%. Looking at the official numbers again, we can see the following had voter turnout below 50%:

  • Buffalo–43.43%
  • Corson–37.12%
  • Dewey–45.78%
  • Shannon–34.90%
  • Todd–40.27%
  • Ziebach–45.33%

Each of these counties was one in which Heidepriem won a majority (as noted here). In fact, these counties represent 6 of the 9 counties in which he received a majority of the votes.

It would be interesting to know more about voter composition of these counties. That aside, it would appear that low voter turnout corresponded with a greater percentage of votes for the Democratic candidate for governor of South Dakota.

7 thoughts on “Voter Turnout in South Dakota

  1. That’s an interesting correlation, Michael! I may take a look at that myself. Interesting: it appears that if we had raised turnout in Shannon, Todd, and maybe a couple other Dem places, we’d have two more years of SHS in DC. Gotta GOTV.

    1. CAH,

      Or the people who didn’t vote in those counties were the ones unhappy with everyone so they stayed home. It would be quite useful to see voter registration breakdowns for those counties.

  2. Shannon had the lowest percentage turnout, and only ten precincts. When I went to bed sometime after midnight, they had only reported on 4 of the 10 precincts, and there were only 12 precincts left in the state to report. With such small numbers, I wonder what took them so long to count the votes (less than 2500). I would have expected Pennington or Minnehaha to be the last to report.

    1. NT,

      I understand it can still take some time to transmit results by telegraph from the furthest reaches of the frontier prairies.

      Seriously, though, I’m guessing that the bigger areas (such as counties 1 and 2) have a much more automated process than some of the rural areas.

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