We went to the polls for the first time in South Dakota, after moving here last year and providing a birth certificate, original Social Security card, a lease agreement, an official letter with our address and a DNA sample in order to register to vote. It's a much more complicated process than in Minnesota.
Meanwhile in Minnesota, the field in the coming August primary has grown as complicated as registering to vote in South Dakota. We'll have more on that drama as the dust settles in the coming hours.
The difference between the states' politics is underscored in the Senate District One contest. Dakota Free Press blogger Renville Wins Endorsement from National Progressive Group in District 1 Senate Primary:
Renville is in a three-way primary against Rep. Susan Wismer of Britton and Thomas Bisek of New Effington. The winner next Tuesday becomes Senator, as Republicans fielded no Senate candidate in the strongly Democratic District 1.
It’s hard to say whether PCCC’s endorsement will affect the primary outcome. Their cash could: according to the campaign finance reports, the flow of campaign cash in the 3.5-county District 1 race has been pretty thin:
There aren't many districts as locally Democratic as this one in Northeast South Dakota. But if this contest were in Minnesota, it's difficult to imagine so little money going toward any contested race. As a registered Independent, I could vote in this micro-spending contest. The hotly contested seats are on the statewide Republican races.
Photo: A twitter friend's take on the filemania in the DFL statewide races in Minnesota.
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