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Man dies in Mitchell at MCTEA building during polling

The Mitchell Police Division confirmed the man, in his 80s, had died before first responders had arrived.

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Markers on the floor indicate where a voter had collapsed onto the floor while at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy after filling out his ballot during the June 8, 2021 election. (Matt Gade / Republic)
Matt Gade

An elderly man died Tuesday morning at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy in the midst of the city and school board elections.

Emergency crews were called to the MCTEA just before 10 a.m. to a report of an unconscious male.

School personnel at the building rendered CPR to the man until first responders arrived, according to Mitchell School District Superintendent Joe Graves.

The Mitchell Police Division confirmed the man, in his 80s, had died before first responders arrived.

The name of the man was not immediately released.

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South Dakota law only nullifies the ballot of an absentee voter who dies before the opening of the polls. The South Dakota Secretary of State’s office confirmed Tuesday that the man’s vote will count.

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A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021 and now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on local news in Sioux Falls. He also writes regional news spanning across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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