Election Day has arrived; South Dakota voters to decide marijuana issues, fill Congressional seats

UNDATED (AP) – Election Day in the U.S. is unfolding like no other, with nearly 100 million Americans having already cast their ballots.

Voters took advantage of absentee balloting and early in-person voting amid a pandemic that has killed more than 230,000 Americans and worries about whether the Postal Service would deliver their ballot on time.

South Dakota voters will decide today whether to legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana, and they’ll fill two seats in Congress as Senator Mike Rounds and Representative Dusty Johnson are running for re-election. An opening on South Dakota’s Public Utilities Commission will also be filled.

Locally in Codington County, there’s a State Senate race between incumbent Lee Schoenbeck of Watertown and Libertarian Party candidate Adam Jewell, and a Codington County District 2 Commission race between incumbent Republican Charlie Waterman and Democratic challenger Travis Paulson.

Polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm.