When Thomas Jefferson laid out America’s founding ideal in the Declaration of Independence, he made clear that government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed. Put differently, government only has the powers that it does because we the people have consented to it. And we provide that consent every year on Election Day.

Nov. 3 is just a few days away.  On Election Day, the people of South Dakota will vote to elect the government that they want to represent them. They’ll voice their consent to that government. In fact, many South Dakotans have already cast their ballots. This year, all 105 seats in the state Legislature will be up for election. We’ll elect our at-large member of Congress and one of our senators. And we’ll vote for who will be our president.

On Election Days past, South Dakotans honored me with the tremendous privilege of serving them first as a state representative from Hamlin County, then in the United States House of Representatives, and now as your governor. I am thankful each and every day for the trust and confidence that you’ve shown in me by putting me in these positions to serve you. The fact of the matter is that I work for you, not the other way around. It’s an important point, and one that all too many politicians forget.

We are truly blessed to live in this country. America respects the freedoms of its citizens and has a government that exists to protect their rights, not infringe on them. It is my sincere hope that our kids and grandkids grow up in an America that continues to cherish freedom, equality and opportunity.

Every election is important, but this particular election carries extra weight because of the crossroads that we are at in American politics. There are widely differing visions for where our state and country will go. It used to be that we had similar goals, just a difference in ideas for how to get there. Sadly, that may no longer be the case. Tensions are high in the run-up to this election. Regardless of the results, I hope that our country can come together in the following days and remember that we are stronger when we are united, not divided.

I hope that this Election Day, every citizen engages in their constitutionally guaranteed right to vote. We may not all agree on what direction we hope the country will take depending on the results of the election, but I am hopeful that we all agree in our love for this great country. God bless you all, and may God continue to bless the great state of South Dakota and the United States of America.

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Grateful Dead

You've been telling us how we’re setting an example for the rest of the nation, Kristi.

And thanks to your bold leadership, today we’ve tied our sister state, North Dakota in the Coronavirus 🦠 sweepstakes‼️

Mom would be so proud of you if she were alive today. Maybe if she hadn’t voted for you, she would be. I guess her confidence in you was her “pre-existing condition.”

Now she’s just another one of your grateful dead ...

SoDakD

What a nice “happy talk” piece, Kristi.

Meanwhile an epidemiologist at South Dakota State University, Bonny Specker, had this to say about your failure to confront the virus that’s killing us and making us an object of pity across the Nation:

“Federal and many state leaders have not implemented mandates or reinforced [public health agencies’] recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus. In South Dakota, the governor had the information needed to minimize the impact of this virus on the health of South Dakotans, but she ignored that information as well as national recommendations from the CDC.”

Good luck on your career as a Trump surrogate. You're doing a better job for him than you’re doing for us.

OffTheFence

Thanks to you, Kristi, we really have become an example to the Nation.

This is what happens when a state is led by an anti-science politician who cares more about her political career than the lives of her constituents.

If you've hitched your wagon to a falling star, will the blood on your hands have been worth it?

Old Hugh

We shouldn’t be too hard on Ms. Noem. She may be an ambitious fool, and a deadly one at that, but what about the rest of us?

It bears observing that it wasn’t just her government that allowed Covid-19 to spread among us.

South Dakotans have been acting as though everything is normal. Look around you. See how many of us refuse to adopt the most basic precautions against the coronavirus.

Maybe the rest of the country will come to our rescue by electing a President and a Senate that believes in science.

Mr. T

What can one expect from Ms. Noem when The White House’s science policy office itself yesterday told us “ending the Covid-19 pandemic” is atop its list of President Trump’s first-term accomplishments⁉️

This comes as the nation registers record amounts of infections and our hospitals fill to capacity.

This is Noem’s and Trump's deadly madness.

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