In a high voter turnout nationwide, in the mid 70 percent in many areas, South Dakota had a 69.64 percent turnout and Bennett County had a 64.92 percent voter turnout in the Nov. 6 General Election. That is down slightly from the past two presidential elections.
In Bennett County 1229 voters took to the polls of the 1893 registered voters.
Neighboring counties turnout percentages: Jackson 65.63; Mellette 64.82; Shannon 40.92; Todd 50.28; Pennington 69.82; Tripp 71.51.
Jones County had the highest voter turnout in South Dakota with 82.93 percent and Haakon was close with 80.52 percent.
In the Oglala Sioux Tribal election, unofficial results show challenger Brian Brewer leading John Yellow Bird Steele by 138 votes with about 300 challenge votes. Charlie Cummings is shown with 176 to 173 votes for Donn Fire Thunder in the LaCreek District race for Tribal Council.
Bryan Brewer 2,266 | John Yellow Bird Steele 2,128 (just under 300 challenges)
Tom Poor Bear 2,461 | William Shorty Brewer 1,927
Pine Ridge District
Irv Provost 408, Robin Tapio 378, Larry Eagle Bull 374, Ella John Carlow 359, Lyle Jack 356 and Gerald Big Crow 327 (between 60-80 challenges)
Wounded Knee District
Garfield Steele 231, Kevin Yellow Bird Steele 200, Paul Pawnee Leggings 190, Glen Gibbons 164 and Garfield Apple 114 (26 challenges)
Charlie Cummings 176, Donn Fire Thunder 173 (8 challenges)
Jacqueline Rowland-Siers 315, Dan Rodriguez 303, Debbie Blue Bird 254 and Tom Conroy 223 (41 challenges)
Scott Weston 235, Dani LeBeau 190, Beverly Tuttle 188 and Pat Ross 185
Medicine Root District
Stanley Little White Man 310 and Austin Watkins Sr. 238 (34 challenges)
Barbara Dull Knife 257, Paul Little 243, Martha Two Bulls 209 and Valerie Janis 199 (35 challenges)
Pass Creek District
James Cross 190, Lydia Bear Killer 171, Ron Duke 168 and Joseph Reddest 87
Eagle Nest District
Jim Meeks 171, Ruth Brown 163, Larry Romero 147 and Floyd Wilcox 122
To see the complete statewide election results, including Bennett County, you can go to the web site: http://electionresults.sd.gov/default.aspx
Bennett County Treasurer
Jolene Donovan 726
Liz Little Eagle 252
Marci Kratovil 229
Bennett County Commissioner:
Cummings and Bond are re-elected
Newton Cummings 854
Wayne Bond 597
Robert Ceplecha 269
State Representative Dist. 27
Killer and May elected
Kevin Killer 3685
Liz May 2979
Kathleen Ann 1534
State Senate Dist. 27
Jim Bradford re-elected
For President of the United States, Obama is re-elected
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