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The sample ballots haven't even been printed in the official newspaper, and voters still can register into October - but absentee "early" voting for the Nov. 4 general election begins Friday.

Butte County doesn't have local elections on the ballots, but there are state legislative and state office races as well as unopposed Fourth Circuit judges' races.

The county races were decided in the spring Republican primary. No Democrat, independent or other party candidates had filed for county office.

Butte County Auditor Elaine Jensen said the sample ballots for county voters will be published between Oct. 27 and Nov. 1.

Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m.

Information on voting districts and election decisions are also on the South Dakota secretary of state website,

Information on the internet includes how to register, to vote absentee, to find a polling place and view a sample ballot.

Or, Jensen said, people may call her office for more information.

The major area contests on Butte County ballots will be for the state legislature.

Butte County is broken into two legislative districts.

The eastern part of the county including Newell is in District 29. Those voters have undisputed Republican candidates for the legislature, including Gary Cammack of Union Center, incumbent for state senate, and for the two state house seats, incumbent Dean Wink of Howes and former legislator Thomas Brunner of Nisland.

Belle Fourche and the western part of Butte County falls into the geographically huge District 28. That district has one state senator, and the two house seats are elected separately for the eastern segment 28A and the western - including Belle Fourche - is in 28B

Sam Marty of Prairie City is the unopposed Republican running in 28B.

In the state senate race, Oren Lesmeister of Parade is running as a Democrat. Republican Betty Olson of Prairie City is finishing her final term in the state house under term limits.

Information on the statewide constitutional amendment covering changes in Deadwood gaming and initiated measures on health insurance rules and minimum wage is on the secretary of state website.

Also on the site are sample ballots and the statewide race candidates.

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