For Shantel Krebs and her staff, the priority has been straightening up the mess they inherited when she took office in January as South Dakota’s secretary of state. The changes are reaping a significant cash benefit. The office has received approximately $7.4 million in filing fees of all types, up from $5.9 million in the previous year, according to Krebs. The reason? “It’s the turnaround time,” she said.
Krebs says nothing is more important to the future of the country than a citizen's right to cast a ballot. And it's especially important for our youth to make their voices heard. "We're ranked number five nationally when it comes to voter turnout, and that is just driven by the generations and passing it along. You can tell the culture starts at the dinner table with family and friends and discussions. And that's why we talk about 16 year olds. They may not be able to go to the polls and vote, but they're voting at the dinner table," said Krebs.
Efforts to improve tribal state relations and new economic development in Indian Country are continuing in South Dakota. The Secretary of State Shantel Krebs is reaching out to tribes and forming new memorandum of agreements that help tribal governments maintain commercial codes that are a foundation for economic development.
UPDATE: Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said Thursday morning she has two people working part-time on restoring access to the records. She said the records were hacked in 2012 and Gant didn’t heed directives from the state Bureau of Information and Telecommunications and from the office of state Attorney General Marty Jackley to repair the situation. She said the part-time work has been progressing from 2015 into previous years, with each document reviewed for possible personal information that should be redacted.