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Mitchell, statewide election results to be delayed

It will be a late wait for Mitchell residents to find out the fate of local races Tuesday. Due to polling issues in other parts of the state, results for statewide races are being delayed until 9:45 p.m. Central time. Davison County officials wil...

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It will be a late wait for Mitchell residents to find out the fate of local races Tuesday. 

Due to polling issues in other parts of the state, results for statewide races are being delayed until 9:45 p.m. Central time. Davison County officials will release local race results, including Mitchell mayoral and city council race results, at that time as well. 

Polling times ran from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. but issues with electronic pollbooks early in the day caused delays in voting in Pennington and Hughes counties, which will have some voting centers open as late as 8:45 p.m. local time. Counties that had electronic pollbook issues included Brookings, Brown, Hughes, Hyde, Pennington, Potter, Sully and Yankton counties. 

Mitchell's races include four candidates for mayor: Bob Everson, Steven Larson, Mel Olson and Tara Volesky. Candidates for Ward 1 City Council included Tim Goldammer, Clay Loneman and Dan Sabers, while Debbie Emme and incumbent Kevin McCardle were on the Ward 2 ballot.   

Republican voters picking a nominee in South Dakota's marquee primary for governor also were choosing a candidate Tuesday for a statewide U.S. House seat. Meanwhile, residents were weighing changes to the "Marsy's Law" victims' bill of rights in the state constitution.

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The race for governor matched Attorney General Marty Jackley and U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem. Former Public Utilities Commissioner Dusty Johnson, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs and state Sen. Neal Tapio were vying in the GOP House primary.

The GOP primaries were limited to registered Republicans, but all voters were eligible to cast ballots on Constitutional Amendment Y. It would tweak Marsy's Law to help police and prosecutors cut down on bureaucratic problems it has created.

Democrats have legislative primaries in several districts that are open to registered Democrats, independents and voters with no party affiliation.

Noem and Jackley fought to break out in the governor primary, with the winner expected to be the front-runner against well-funded Democratic state Sen. Billie Sutton in the general election. The Republican candidates defined themselves more on experience and accomplishments than on policy differences.

Noem would be the state's first female governor. She didn't play that up during the campaign, instead emphasizing her role negotiating the 2014 farm bill and the GOP's federal tax cuts during four terms in Congress.

Jackley passed legislation through the Statehouse combating public corruption, fighting human trafficking and imposing tougher penalties on drug dealers since he became attorney general in 2009. He previously served as U.S. attorney for South Dakota.

In the Republican House race, front-runner Johnson was endorsed by his former boss, Gov. Dennis Daugaard. Johnson pledged not to run attack ads in the race after Krebs aired spots criticizing his use of a state airplane.

Johnson ran a well-funded campaign as a more traditional conservative, while Krebs and Tapio aligned with President Donald Trump. Tapio is an entrepreneur who headed Trump's South Dakota campaign.

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Awaiting the winner were Democratic former judge Tim Bjorkman, Libertarian George Hendrickson and independent Ronald Wieczorek in the general election.

South Dakota would become the first state to change "Marsy's Law" if voters approve, though Montana voters passed a version in 2016 that the state Supreme Court later tossed out.

The proposed changes - which the Marsy's Law campaign supported - would require victims to opt in to many of their rights and specifically allow law enforcement to share information with the public to help solve crimes.

Officials say Marsy's Law has caused unintended consequences since it passed in 2016. At least three large counties hired new people to work with victims, privacy provisions in the amendment have curtailed the information that some law enforcement agencies release to the public to help solve crimes, and prosecutors' offices must now track down and notify a broader swath of victims about their cases.

It's named after Marsalee "Marsy" Nicholas, a California college student who was stalked and killed in 1983 by an ex-boyfriend. The California businessman who bankrolled Marsy's Law in South Dakota in 2016 has donated $450,000 to fund the new campaign, which hasn't faced organized opposition.

Voters were also deciding 24 state legislative primaries.

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