South Dakota: Great Faces. Great Places.

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South Dakota is holding elections for one U.S. House seat, governor and seven other state executive positions, all 35 state senate seats, and all 70 state house seats. Additionally, state Supreme Court Justice Janine M. Kern is up for retention. Five statewide ballot measures are also on the ballot.

What is the partisan balance in the state?

Congress: Republicans hold both U.S. Senate seats and the one U.S. House seat.

Governor: Republican.

Lt. Governor: Republican.

Attorney General: Republican.

State senate: 29-6 Republican majority.

State house: 60-10 Republican majority.

A ballot measure to watch

The South Dakota State Campaign Finance and Lobbying Laws, Government Accountability Board, and Initiative Process Amendment, also known as Constitutional Amendment W, is on the ballot in South Dakota.

The initiative would replace the existing ethics and accountability commission with a seven-member accountability board governed by new provisions determining board member selection and expanded duties and authorities of the board—including authority over members of the legislature. The initiative would also establish campaign finance and lobbying restrictions, require voter approval for any substantive changes to a voter-approved initiative or referendum, require voter approval to make alterations to the state’s initiative and referendum process, and constitutionalize the simple majority requirement for the approval of initiatives and referendums at the ballot.

What you need to know if you’re a South Dakota voter

Early voting dates: September 21 to November 5.

Polls open/close: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Voter ID: All voters in South Dakota must present photo identification at the polls. Approved forms of photo identification include the following: South Dakota driver’s license or non-driver ID card, U.S. government photo ID, U.S. military ID, student photo ID from a South Dakota high school or accredited institution of higher education, or tribal photo ID. If a voter does not have a photo ID, he or she can sign a personal identification affidavit.

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