Press Release

Chiesman Center for Democracy to host Launch & Lunch

June 26, 2014

Rapid City, SD – The Chiesman Center for Democracy invites the public to attend its Launch & Lunch on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 from 11 am to 2pm at the organization’s office in Rapid City. The Launch & Lunch is being held to celebrate the Chiesman Center’s redesigned website, 
“This is a great opportunity for anyone to come and learn about our programs, ask the staff questions, and grab a quick lunch while checking out our new, enhanced website.  I think folks will quickly see how user-friendly the new site is now,” said Rob Timm, President/CEO of the Chiesman Center. 
The new website will provide more resources for programs such as Rapid City Character Counts!, Kids Voting South Dakota and We the People. Additionally, information on the many services the Chiesman Center provides, such as evaluation, consulting, and policy analysis, will be more accessible. As the November General Election approaches, the site will feature information on voting and candidate forums across the state.
The Launch & Lunch will be held at the Chiesman Center for Democracy, 1641 Deadwood Avenue in Rapid City from 11 am to 2 pm on Tuesday, July 22. Everyone is invited to stop in for lunch, register to win a Kindle, and celebrate the website’s launch. For more information, contact Wes Brown at the Chiesman Center for Democracy, (605) 341-4311 or visit

Press Release

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! 

Click for Election Results

Press Release

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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