South Dakota held its primary election yesterday, June 7. Local voter turnout was 49.4%. Out of 5,295 eligible voters in Grant County, 2,617 cast their ballots. “I was hoping for closer to 60%,” said Grant County Auditor Karen Layher. “But it was still a good turnout for a primary election.”
The Referendum Ordinance 2016-1 passed. Final totals were 1,526 YES and 1,058 NO.
In the District 2 County Commissioner race, Bill Street got the Democratic nod while Roger Loeschke earned the Republican vote. Final totals in the Democratic race were: Street, 138; Tom Peschong, 98; and Kevin Dahlgren, 44. On the Republican side, Loeschke received 159 votes and Dave Schultz had 88. In the Republican race for County Commissioner in District 4, Doug Stengel earned 195 votes ahead of Tim Tyler’s 121.
Donald Trump won the Presidential primary for the Republicans and Democrat Hilary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders. Final counts were: Trump, 850; Ted Cruz, 188; and John Kasich, 211. Clinton earned 528 votes to Sanders’ 419.
All precincts were present and accounted for and the final votes were tallied by 9:38 p.m. Each of the 18 precincts had three election workers. Poll watchers were also present at many of the voting locations throughout the day. “Poll watchers sit close enough to track who is voting, but are not allowed to interfere with the process,” stated Layher. “Despite the long day, they all did an excellent job. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”
Pictured are Grant County Auditor Office Staff (Left to right): Mary Fenhaus, Joan Czmowski, Karen Layher, and John Gill.