Absentee/Mail In Voting Information
This will be an important but challenging primary election year. Here's what you need to know:
1. All registered voters will be mailed absentee ballot applications this year between April 17-24.
Unsure if you're registered? Check here: https://vip.sdsos.gov/VIPLogin.aspx
Know you need to register? Click here: https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/voting/register-to-vote/default.aspx
2. In order to mail your application, you'll need to prove your identity. You can take a photo copy of a government issued ID and mail it, or take a picture of your ID on your phone and email it to the county auditor.
3. Once your absentee ballot application and copy of your ID is received, you'll be mailed the ballot.
Voters that don’t receive an application due to an undeliverable address and wish to obtain an absentee ballot may request an application from their county auditor or download the form on the Secretary of State’s website at www.sdsos.gov.
Proven Leadership: How Did Jessica Vote in Pierre?
YES Denotes Yes Vote
NO Denotes No Vote
**Denotes Prime Sponsorship
Protecting Low Taxes
SB 76 provide for the assessment of certain agricultural land as noncropland. NO
SB 68 authorize a county gross receipts tax. NO
SB 178 increase funding for counties and townships by increasing the excise tax rate on motor fuel. NO
HB 1279 require property owners to receive notification of property tax reduction programs YES
Protecting Gun Rights
HB 1296 ensures the law-abiding gun owners of South Dakota won’t be disarmed during natural disasters or emergencies, such as the outbreak of COVID-19 YES
HB 1094 allows people on motorcycles, atvs, and snowmobiles to possess firearms YES
SCR 603 recognizes the importance of gun safety in alignment with the NRA YES
Protecting Personal Liberties
**HB 1123 revise provisions regarding termination of a lease by a victim of alleged domestic abuse (a couple of minutes late, I was in transportation committee and had to cross the Capitol)YES Audio of my testimony
SB 172 revise provisions regarding civil forfeiture YES
Protecting Unborn Children
HCR 6020 Denouncing the National Education Association's recent policy to support "the fundamental right to abortion." YES
**HB 1232 provide an appropriation for adoption assistance grants DIED IN COMMITTEE
Supporting Small Business
SB 70 authorize other languages to be used in the process of issuing certain driver licenses and permits YES
SB 72 establish the Dakota's promise scholarship program, to establish the Dakota's promise fund, to make an appropriation, and to declare an emergency YES
SB 157 revise certain provisions regarding the county zoning and appeals process YES
SJR 501 Proposing and submitting to the voters an amendment to the Constitution of the State of South Dakota, providing for wagering on sporting events and to revise provisions regarding certain municipal proceeds of gaming revenues YES
1100 make an appropriation to begin the research and development of a new bioprocessing facility YES
1179 authorize series limited liability companies YES
6017 encourage the creation of an interim legislative study to address infrastructure and funding support related to the expansion of Ellsworth Air Force Base YES
Supporting Our Community
HB 1047 authorize the Board of Regents to contract for the design, renovation of, and addition to, the Devereaux Library on the campus of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and to make an appropriation therefor.
SB 21 authorize temporary variable speed limits on state highways under certain circumstances YES
SCR 604 Recognizing June as Move Over Awareness Month and urging drivers to slow down and move over for stopped vehicles YES
Response to COVID 19
SB 187 revise certain provisions regarding reemployment assistance benefits in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 and to declare an emergency YES BILL PASSED
SB 190 revise certain driver licensing requirements to allow for an extension during a statewide emergency or disaster and to declare an emergency YES BILL PASSED
SB 188 account for educational opportunities provided to students during a state of emergency and to declare an emergency YES BILL PASSED
SB 189 provide exemptions from certain requirements for the 2019-2020 school year and to declare an emergency YES BILL PASSED
SB 192 create the small business economic disaster relief subfund, to provide for the transfer of certain funds into the subfund, to authorize the Economic Development Finance Authority to make a grant to the subfund, to provide for the continuous appropriation of the subfund, and to declare an emergency YES BILL PASSED
SB 191 provide emergency authority to counties, community improvement districts, and municipalities in the event of a public health crisis and to declare an emergency YES BILL FAILED IN THE HOUSE
SB 194 revise certain requirements for absentee ballots and to declare an emergency NOBILL FAILED IN THE SENATE
SB 193 revise Senate Bill 38, An Act to revise the General Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2020, as previously enacted by the Ninety-fifth Session of the South Dakota Legislature YES BILL PASSED
HB 1295 revise provisions regarding contagious disease control and enforcement and to declare an emergency YES BILL PASSED
HB 1296 revise the authority of the Governor in times of a disaster, act of terrorism, or emergency and to declare an emergency, and ensures the law-abiding gun owners of South Dakota won’t be disarmed during natural disasters or emergencies, such as the outbreak of COVID-19 YES BILL PASSED
HB 1297 grant the secretary of health certain authority during a public health emergency and to declare an emergency No chance to vote, died in the House
HB 1298 provide for the postponement of certain elections and to declare an emergency YES BILL PASSED
Professionally Jessica has kept all three of her preschool businesses open during the crisis for essential employees in our area. They have been utilizing intense sanitizing procedures throughout each day to prevent the spread of COVID 19. Families under financial hardship have been allowed to suspend care without financial penalties. As a legislator, Senator Castleberry has been donating to local businesses in need, and promoting social distancing and mental health and economic resources in times of crisis.
For Senator Castleberry's complete voting record visit https://sdlegislature.gov/