Kevin Elsing for SD State Senate - District 11

Practical solutions over politics

for District 11 families and all South Dakotans.


Help to challenge the status quo and
lack of accountability in Pierre. 


Learn about 2018 citizen initiated ballot measures before you head to the polls.


September 1, 2018

Talking about back-to-school

While Sioux Falls families spend this long weekend together, our children, tweens and teens enjoy a breather from the back-to-school whirlwind. Parents, administrators and teachers are starting off a fresh school year with high hopes for their students' success. As a state, it's vital that we invest responsibly in education. It's good for the economy--every dollar invested in early childhood education yields an incredible return of between $7 and $13. And early childhood education builds a strong foundation for learning that means less money spent on remediation when students struggle later in their academic careers. Pre-K, K-12 and post-secondary education needs to be a higher priority in Pierre, in the coming session and beyond.

August 16, 2018

Meeting friends & neighbors this week

Kevin and District 11 House candidates Sheryl Johnson and Margaret Kuipers will be introducing themselves to District 11 residents door-to-door this Saturday. Along with the help of supporters, they'll be distributing informational brochures about the Constitutional Amendments and Initiated Measures on the November 6th ballot in South Dakota. Hope to see you around the neighborhood! 

August 15, 2018

Voting information - check it twice!


Voter rolls are constantly updated. Verify that your voter registration is active with the Secretary of State Voter Information Portal (VIP). In addition to  your voter registration information, the search lists your polling place location and your sample ballot.

  • November 6th is election day, but there are a few more dates to mark on your calendar.

  • Early voting begins September 21. It's super-convenient for District 11 voters and other registered Minnehaha County residents. Just stop by the auditor's office inside the Minnehaha County Administration Building during regular business hours. Bring your driver's license or other valid photo ID and exercise your right to free elections early. 
    (Fun fact: According to the SD Secretary of State, 30% of all ballots cast in South Dakota are by-mail or in-person absentee voting!)

  • The last day to register to vote and still be able to cast a ballot on election day is October 22. Download a voter registration form from the Secretary of State website, complete it, then submit it to the county auditor in person or by postal mail. More information on voting and elections is available on the Secretary of State website. 

August 14, 2018

Know your ballot questions


South Dakotan citizens have the privilege of directly referring laws and proposing constitutional amendments and initiated measures. That means we need to bone up on ballot questions in addition to learning about the candidates beforehand in order to make informed choices on Election Day (or earlier, if you're voting absentee). This fall, South Dakota voters are considering three constitutional amendments--Amendment W, Amendment 

X and Amendment Z--and two initiated measures, IM 24 and IM 25. You can study the titles of the proposed ballot questions as well as the Attorney General's explanations here or on the Secretary of State website.

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