Four distinct elections will be held in Clay County on Tuesday, June 5, making it necessary to print eight separate ballots to meet all of the variables that will arise when polls open that day.
The mix of city, school and statewide primary elections all occurring on the same day will certainly keep local election workers on their toes. Not all local voters will participate in all four elections. The races that a voter in Clay County will be asked to decide will depend on the voter's political affiliation and place of residence.
Republicans residing in Clay County outside of the Vermillion School District will be given a ballot to vote for presidential delegates in the Republican presidential primary election that will be held statewide that day.
The ballot that will be presented to county Democrats residing outside of the Vermillion School District will include only one race – the Democratic primary election between Jeff Barth and Matt Varilek which also will be held statewide that day.
All voters residing within the Vermillion city limits will be asked to choose two of three school board candidates seeking a three-year term. The candidates in that non-political race are incumbents Mark Bottolfson and Dave Stammer, and challenger Tim Schwasinger.
In addition, voters in only Vermillion's Central Ward will participate in the local city council election between incumbent Jenny French and challenger Kelsey Collier-Wise. The winner of this race will serve a four-year term on the city council.
Central Ward Republicans will be given a ballot that includes the city race, the school board race and the presidential primary.
The ballot that will be issued to Central Ward Democrats will have the city race, the school board race and the Democratic U.S. House primary race. Independents in the Central Ward may participate in the Democratic primary if they wish. Central Ward independent voters also have the option to be issued a nonpolitical primary ballot that includes only the school district and city council races.
Republicans living in the Northwest, Southeast and Northeast wards in the city of Vermillion, and in the Vermillion School District outside of the city limits, will be issued ballots that contain the Republican presidential primary races and the nonpolitical Vermillion School Board race.
Democrats who reside in Vermillion's Northwest, Southeast and Northeast wards, or within the Vermillion School District outside of the city limits, will be issued ballots that contain the statewide Democratic U.S. House primary race, and the local nonpolitical Vermillion School Board race. Independent voters residing in this particular area may also participate in the Democratic U.S. House primary race.
Independents who live in Vermillion's Northwest, Southeast and Northeast wards, or within the Vermillion School District outside of the city limits, will be issued a ballot that only includes the Vermillion School Board race.
Polls in Clay County will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, and close at 7 p.m. Residents of Rural Ward 1, including Pleasant Valley, Garfield, Glenwood and Riverside townships, will vote at the Southeastern
South Dakota Experimental Farm, located at 29974 University Road, Beresford.
Voters in Rural Ward 2, which includes Star and Bethel townships, the town of Wakonda and the town of Irene, will vote at the Senior Citizens Center, 119 Ohio St., Wakonda.
All other voters in Clay County will cast their ballots at the 4-H Center, 515 High St., Vermillion. This includes residents of Rural Ward 3 who reside in Prairie Center, Spirit Mound, Meckling, Norway, Vermillion and Fairview townships, and the Central, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast 1 and Southeast 2 wards.
In the municipal election, Northwest Ward Alderman Howard Willson and Northeast Ward Alderman Clarene Meins are unopposed, and will automatically be re-elected to new four-year terms.
No petition was filed for the alderman's office in the Southeast Ward, so incumbent Steve Ward will continue to serve another four-year term.
A public demonstration of the tabulating equipment will be given 10 a.m. Friday June 1, in the county auditor's office in the Clay County Courthouse in Vermillion.
Voters with disabilities may contact the county auditor at (6050 677-7120 for information and special assistance in absentee voting or polling place accessibility.