BELLE FOURCHE – A proposal to create a new Butte County Ambulance taxing district may be taking the majority of local discussion county-wide, voters across the county have party primary choices
Newell area voters have a school board election to decide.
Ballots for the June 5 elections in Butte County also are available for absentee balloting.
In this year’s primary election, all Butte County votes will be able to vote whether to establish an ambulance district.
Republicans in two Butte County Commission districts near Belle Fourche have two primary races, in District 2 and District 4.
In Commission District 2, incumbent Ken Hansen has two challengers, Cal Geis and Thomas Brunner.
Commission District 4 has incumbent Stan Harms opposed by James Ager.
Legislative District 29 – that now covers most of the eastern part of Butte County instead of just Belle Fourche and a section of the southern part of the county – has incumbent Dean Wink opposed by Gary Cammack and David Eatherton.
There are no county or legislative Democrat primary races.
The Newell School District has joined the county for its election.
Jensen said Republican incumbents are unopposed in their party for Butte County treasurer, state’s attorney and coroner.
“There is one thing to point out in the primary election,” Jensen said. “If you are registered as an independent, you have the option to vote the nonpolitical ballot or as a Democrat.”
The state’s Republican Party requires that a voter be registered as a Republican to vote in a party primary. Democrats allow independents to vote in their party primaries.
Republicans hold a solid majority of voter registrations in Butte County at 62 percent, Jensen said.
Outside Belle Fourche, there are 1,800 registered Republicans, 618 registered Democrats and 461 registered as independents or other parties. In Belle Fourche, 1,969 voters are registered as Republicans, 726 as Democrats and 657 as independents or other parties.
That brings a total of 6,231 voters in the county. 3,769 Republicans, 1,344 Democrats and 1,118 registered as independents or members of other parties.
At the polls, Jensen said, “Make sure to tell people to bring their identification.”
She said anyone without proper identification may sign an affidavit that they are the registered voter they claim to be. There is a $5,000 fine if that is found untrue.