Sioux Falls School Board Election Has High Voter Turnout

Choosing two Sioux Falls School Board members and a school start date drove thousands of voters to the polls Tuesday.

About 14,000 people in Sioux Falls cast a ballot in what some are calling the “most talked about” school board election in years.

Election Supervisor Bev Chase says a typical Sioux Falls School Board Election usually brings out 10 percent of registered voters or less.

Tuesday’s election brought out just over 14 percent.

Chase believes the school start date is what drove thousands of voters to the polls.

But the high turnout wasn’t the only thing that made Tuesday’s election one to remember…

“I am ecstatic,” said Chase. “The software we bought worked great, the equipment we bought worked great. The staff we hired were fabulous people. The voters showed up. That all makes me very happy on election night.”

Chase says there weren’t very many ballots with coffee stains or mismarkings on them like in the November Mid-Term Election.

She says that may be because voters were more cautious this time around.