South Dakota voter information app links to Krebs' campaign

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Posted: Jul 07, 2017 6:34 PM

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs said Friday that an icon in the state's voter information app that directed users to the Facebook page of her campaign for Congress was an oversight.

The Republican House hopeful said it was fixed Friday morning after she learned about it the night before. Krebs said she doesn't know how long the app linked to the Facebook account or how it occurred, saying it likely happened during her transition into office after the 2014 election. She has used the account for several political campaigns.

"It's clearly an oversight," Krebs said. "We had a lot going on when I walked into this office."

The app rolled out under former Secretary of State Jason Gant. Its features include letting registered voters look up their polling place from their phone or tablet, and it prominently displays Facebook and Twitter icons that didn't appear to be functional Friday afternoon.

Krebs is competing with Dusty Johnson in the Republican primary for South Dakota's lone House seat. They are campaigning to succeed GOP U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, who is running for governor.

Johnson said he doesn't know exactly what happened, but he said elected officials have an obligation to keep state time and resources separate from political activities.

Sara Rabern, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Marty Jackley, said in an email that a newly formed government watchdog board can receive ethics complaints about statewide officeholders and executive branch employees. The board can investigate complaints and refer alleged crimes to the state Division of Criminal Investigation, Rabern said.

The conservative blog South Dakota War College first reported the news.