James Heitz, retail store manager, Republican
Heintz voted for Noem in the House race because Varilek seemed "to immature" in the Rapid City debate. "He wouldn't let her speak," James Heintz said. "I didn't think he presented himself as a well-rounded candidate."
James and Kelly Heintz were both disappointed that there was not more information available on the constitutional amendments on the South Dakota ballot.
@Danno Did you have a long wait?
By the way, I'll be taking over the live chat for the rest of the night. It should be a fun evening.
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Our photo editor, Kristina Barker, just left the office and is heading to party headquarters for the Republicans and the Democrats. So we should see some updates from those spots this afternoon.
@Danno I was the only person voting at Rapid City Public Library a little before noon today. I was voter 63 for my precinct. The other precinct that votes there had 23 names on the sign in sheet.
The upside to a slow start at my polling site was that I got my "I voted" sticker, which is one of the fun perks of voting.
@Danno I thought so too, but that precinct covers downtown Rapid City, which is where I live. So perhaps we're talking about a smaller group of people.
Oh man, look at those stickers from Lead. Those are fancy.
Did anyone show up to the wrong polling site today?
There were a couple of people who got turned away while I was voting at the library. Another person did not realize they had to register to vote prior to Election Day.
Speaking of last minute calls, has anyone received a call encouraging you to vote?
Reporter Heidi Bell Gease spoke to Robert Pesek, 54, of Rapid City, after he voted this morning. He works out at Midcontinent Communications and is a Libertarian.
Here's what he had to say:
"I voted for Obama. I want to get out of the war." He believes the war is partly to blame for the country's economic situation.
Who did you vote for and why did they get your vote this election?
Reporter Mary Garrigan drove to Hermosa today to see how voting was going.
Here's what she had to say:
Voter turnout was steady all day long in Hermosa at the UCC Church, but it was absentee ballots that set a record this year in Hermosa, according to poll worker Nadine Christopherson. The previous record for absentee ballots there was 135 absentee ballots but this year there were more than 200 returned by election day.
@Power poll It's been a relatively calm day, but that's changing. The staff is making their way into the newsroom ready to report and write well into the evening. All day, we've had staff popping into polling sites around the area asking people about how they voted and why.
There will be pizza and likely plenty of hurry up and wait work going on until the totals start rolling in.
Reporter Mary Garrigan also swung over to Red Shirt to talk to voters.
Here's what she found out: Things were slow at the polling place in Red Shirt village at mid-day Tuesday, where the poll workers almost outnumbered voters.
Just 14 voters had cast ballots by the time I arrived shortly before noon in Red Shirt, but since there were three elections going on – state/national/county; tribal; and Pine Ridge school board – there were about 10 poll workers covering the various election sites.
According to the Fall River County Auditor’s office – which is in charge of Shannon County elections – there are 5,930 registered Democrats in Shannon County; 583 registered Republican and 1,168 independents.
Anyone vote absentee this year?
It sounds like it could be a late night for America. The presidential race is expected to be suspenseful until the end.
Reporter Aaron Orlowski ran into Pennington County State's Attorney Glenn Brenner at the West Park Apartments polling site. Here's what Brenner had to say about his vote:
Glenn Brenner, 46
Rapid City, Republican
Pennington County States Attorney
Brenner, the current Pennington County states attorney leaving office in January, said he voted a straight Republican ticket, a political stance he said he hasn't been shy about. Though he enjoyed public service, he's glad he'll soon get more time off.
"There's a lot of pressure a stress off and I get to be a regular voter," said Brenner, who was voting at the West Park Apartments polling place Tuesday afternoon.