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Complete primary election results available

June 04, 2014

Results from the June 3 primary election are available on the SD Secretary of State's website. From statewide races to school board and water district races, look no farther! 

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Kids Voting Mt. Rushmore Kickoff scheduled Sept. 18

June 03, 2014

Kids Voting Mt. Rushmore Kickoff scheduled for Sept. 18

The Chiesman Center for Democracy’s Kids Voting South Dakota (KVSD) program is pleased to announce that the Kids Voting South Dakota Mt. Rushmore Kickoff will be held on Sept. 18 at 10 am at the national memorial amphitheater. KVSD holds this event every two years to help get area Kids Voting students, schools, parents, and communities excited about voting.

Fifth and sixth grade students from area KVSD schools not only will visit the Shrine of Democracy, but also will learn about the importance of voting and being engaged citizens. Secretary of State Jason Gant will be the featured speaker, and there will be voting–themed entertainment as well. This fun and educational event serves to kickoff KVSD activities leading up to the General Election on Nov. 4. 

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Program Update

KVSD Site Commitment Form available

May 16, 2014

The Kids Voting Site Commitment Form for participating schools is now available. Click the document icon below to download. Please fill out and return to the Chiesman Center for Democracy, ATTN: Robin EH. Bagley, 1641 Deadwood Ave., Rapid City, SD 57702. You may also fax it to 605-341-3902 or email it to 

For more information on Kids Voting South Dakota, please call the Chiesman Center for Democracy at 605-341-4311 or email  

Click Here For Your KVSD Commitment Form

Press Release

VOTE 605 New Mobile App from SD Secretary of State

May 20, 2014

Using this information-protected application, any registered South Dakota voter now has the ability to discover where they may vote, what is on their ballot, and any additional voter registration and election information pertaining to the user. Click here to go to the Secretary of State's website for more information.

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St. Thomas More We the People Team heads to Washington

April 23, 2014

This weekend a team of students from St. Thomas More High School will head to the We the People National Finals in Washington, DC. St. Thomas More’s team, coached by Jeannine Gibson, won the South Dakota We the People State Competition in Pierre last November and will compete against other state champions from around the nation. 

The competition consists of a simulated congressional hearing with six units in which students answer questions about the interpretation of the Constitution. St. Thomas More will compete on Saturday and Sunday at the campus of George Mason University. Monday’s hearings will be held on Capitol Hill. 

South Dakota’s We the People program is a school curriculum created by the Center for Civic Education and is based out of the Chiesman Center for Democracy in Rapid City. The curriculum utilizes a text for elementary, middle school, and high school students, teaching them about the United States Constitution. The culminating activity for students is participation in a simulated congressional hearing. Sponsors for the competition are the Chiesman Center for Democracy and the South Dakota Humanities Council.

For more information on the program, please call the Chiesman Center for Democracy at 605-341-4311 or email  

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“Kids Voting is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to building a more informed generation of voters and providing an exciting and useful year-round civic education program for all South Dakota students.”
Jason Gant, Former SD Secretary of State
South Dakota

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