|For a small county such as Custer County, the Tuesday June 28 primary election is probably the most important election in 2016. County Clerk, Kelly Camper, took a few moments to explain the election, ballots, and where to vote. So far the County has mailed out 2595 ballots to eligible voters and received 958 as of Tuesday, a 36 percent return rate. The Clerk’s Office did not have a breakdown of how many ballots were sent and received by political party.
What voters really need to know is that it is too late as of today (Thursday) to mail in ballots. However, as long as the ballots or votes are received by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, they will count. “We are making it as easy as possible for citizens to come into the courthouse and cast your vote. The polling station is open so any registered voter can come in and vote, ask questions or become affiliated with a political party,” explained Camper.
There are two locations for people to drop off their ballots, and only one place to vote in person. The Custer County Courthouse has its polling station open from 8 a.m. till 4 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday, and Monday. On Election Day, Tuesday, The polling station will remain open from 8 a.m. till 7 p.m.
The other location is the Community Center in Wetmore. Citizens in the Wetmore area can drop off their ballots, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. or Tuesday from 2 to 6 p.m. However, there will not be a voting machine.
“June 28 election is a primary election, so Republican and Democrats can cast votes for those on the ballot.” Camper stated. This means that if you are not a registered party member, you did not receive a ballot in the mail, and you cannot vote in the election. However, it’s not too late for those who are unaffiliated with a political party to affiliate. “Unaffiliated voters can register for a political party up until Monday, June 27” But Camper gave a warning. “If you are already a member of a political party, it is to late to change parties and still vote in this primary election.”
Camper also acknowledged that there has been a problem with some ballots that were mailed and then returned to voters. “There seems to be a problem in the Postal Service computer that accidentally returned ballots to the voters instead of sending them to the courthouse.” The post office acknowledges the problem, but it has been very limited. “If your ballot is returned, please send it again or drop it off at the courthouse,” asked Camper.
For more information please stop by the Custer County County Courthouse at or call 783-2552.
– Jordan Hedberg