April 21, 2008 By News Report
Photo by Christy Kerr: Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota
South Dakota Secretary of State Chris Nelson today introduced a Voter Information Portal (VIP) as absentee voting began for South Dakota's Primary Election.
"I am thrilled to introduce another service to the citizens of South Dakota," said Nelson in a release. "Today we are throwing open the curtain to South Dakota's Voter Information Portal. VIP is a Web-based resource available at our Web site. Simply enter your first name, last name, date of birth, and hit the search button. VIP will query South Dakota's voter database to find your voter registration information. When a match is made, VIP will show an array of information personalized for you.
"You will see your precinct and polling place name and address," continued Nelson. "We call this first part of VIP our polling place locator. If there is a problem finding a match or a voter is not registered, VIP will offer voter registration assistance and contact information for South Dakota's county auditors, who administer our elections.
"The second part of VIP gives you the opportunity to view your sample ballot as soon as it becomes available by your county auditor's office. Your county auditor has utilized our Central Election Reporting System to design your ballot for the upcoming election. While this is a sample ballot, it is very much like the official ballot you will see on election day. And it will contain exactly the contests you will be able to vote on -- and no more: all based on the initial entry of your name and date of birth. Your county auditor will have made all the necessary connections so that you are seeing the appropriate ballot based on your party affiliation and your voting districts."
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