Absentee voting encouraged in upcoming election
The local elections that had been scheduled for April 14 will instead be held in June, and absentee voting is encouraged. The election, which includes two uncontested City Council seats and races for two City Council seats and one School Board seat, was postponed by the State Legislature as part of the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The election has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Holding the local election on that date aligns it with the state and federal primary election.
There are six candidates for four seats on the Sioux Falls City Council. Alex Jensen and Theresa Stehly are seeking an At-Large seat. Julian Beaudion and Greg Neitzert are seeking to represent the Northwest District. Marshall Selberg in the Southwest District and Pat Starr in the Northeast District are running unopposed.
Two candidates are seeking a single seat on the Sioux Falls School Board: incumbent Cynthia Mickelson and challenger Sarah Stokke.
You can view a profile of each candidate by visiting chambernews.com.
While the election is delayed, absentee voting remains open and residents are strongly encouraged to vote absentee by mail. The South Dakota Secretary of State's Office mailed absentee ballot applications to all registered voters in mid-April. Voters who wish to vote absentee must complete, sign and return the application. A ballot will then be mailed to the voter to complete. More information on absentee voting can be found at sdsos.gov or siouxfalls.org/election.
Voter registration forms will be accepted up to 15 days prior to the new election date. To check your current voter registration or download a Voter Registration Form, click on "Voter Registration" at siouxfalls.org/election.