LETTER: Voter ID law changes have helped process
To the Editor:
Voter ID laws have been in the news across the country. This may be creating concerns among South Dakota voters.
Let me assure South Dakota voters that our law has not changed and they will be voting the same as in prior elections.
The 2003 South Dakota voter ID law states that a voter shall present one of the following photo IDs when voting: South Dakota driver's license or non-driver ID card, passport or other ID issued by the U.S. government, tribal ID, or student ID from South Dakota high school, college, university, or technical school. However, if the voter does not have an ID, they may complete an affidavit of personal identification.
The nine-year-old law which added ID requirements also removed the need to give reason for absentee voting. This more than doubled the number of absentee ballots cast in statewide elections. Voters have enjoyed having the chance to vote when it fits into their schedules.
Absentee rules and a voter ID law have provided convenience for voters while guarding against voter fraud.
I encourage all South Dakotans to vote on Nov. 6.
For further information, visit sdsos.gov or contact your local county auditor's office.