Registration is closed; sample ballots were scheduled to run in this week's Butte County Post.

A school for poll workers in Butte County is this week as Butte County Auditor Elaine Jensen and her courthouse election day staff prepare for the Tuesday, Nov. 8 general election.

While Belle Fourche voters don't have county or legislative races to consider, voters in the eastern part of the county in Legislative District 29 have a state senate race.

Jensen said this year's ballot is much larger physically than in past years thanks to amendments and measures put before the people.

But, she said, said it's legal for voters to study and mark a sample ballot to take into the voting booth as their reference to speed the process on the official ballot.

Butte County has 6,648 active voters on registration lists.

There are 16 precincts with three poll workers assigned to each precinct.

Polling places are Belle Fourche Community Hall, Nisland American Legion Hall, Castle Rock-Moreau River Hall and Newell Community Hall.

Jensen said shut-ins may call her office to make arrangements to vote.

A pamphlet with information on the long list of measures for voters to consider is available at Jensen's office or online at the South Dakota Secretary of State's web site SDSOS.GOV.

On a statewide level, the Secretary of State’s office has compiled a list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time.

Since South Dakota protects against voter fraud on Election Day, Voter ID is a requirement to vote. Some type of government issued ID, such as a S.D. drivers license, a state issued non-drivers license ID, tribal ID, passport, regents university photo ID, high school photo ID.

If a prospective voter does not have an acceptable form of ID, that prospective must be presented with a personal identification affidavit to sign under the penalty of perjury in which the prospective voter states he or she is who they claim to be.

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Anyone can be a poll watcher or poll observer.

South Dakota law allows poll watchers and observers to be present to observe the voting and counting activity and provides guidelines for poll watchers and observers. For more information visit SDSOS.GOV or contact your County Auditor. You will likely see poll watchers at your precinct on Election Day.

There is a voter Hotline.

Anyone who feels their voting rights have been violated may call the county auditor, the Secretary of State at 888-703-5328, or the county's state's attorney. That phone call should be made before leaving the voting precinct location. The number will be posted twice at all polling locations.

Any voter who shows his/her voted ballot to another person is in violation of South Dakota Codified Law 12-18-27.

Do not photograph a marked ballot for distribution on social media.

To view your sample ballot or find your polling place on your smart phone, download the VOTE 605 App on Google Play or the App Store. You can also view your sample ballot at SDSOS.GOV

If a voter is confined due to sickness or disability, that voter can use an authorized messenger to bring the ballot to them. There is a section on the application for absentee ballot where the voter will indicate who they want to bring their ballot to them. The deadline for this option is 3 p.m. on Election Day.

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