South Dakota election results delayed 15 minutes due to fire alarm

Published: Nov. 8, 2016 at 4:35 PM CST
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Election results in South Dakota will be delayed a bit after authorities say someone pulled a fire alarm at a Rapid City polling location.

Pennington County Auditor Julie Pearson says a child pulled a fire alarm at the polling site at South Middle School in Rapid City on Tuesday. The polling location was closed for about 15 minutes due to the alarm.

Pearson says election officials followed procedures exactly as they should. They removed the ballot boxes until authorities confirmed the alarm was not a threat.

Since the polling location was closed for 15 minutes, Secretary of State Shantel Krebs ordered the location to stay open an additional 15 minutes, which is also standard procedure. Due to this delay, election results will not be released until 15 minutes later than originally planned, at 8:15 p.m. central time.

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