We the People is a blog series that features the stories of members, supporters, volunteers, and allies of the American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota. Together we are accomplishing critical work in our state to protect and advance civil liberties across the midwest and beyond.
Todd Kruse is the vice president of Sioux Falls Pride and a 2018 Election Day volunteer with the ACLU of South Dakota. He, alongside about a dozen other volunteers, is dedicating his time to drive voters to the polls in Sioux Falls.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I live in Sioux Falls with my partner, our two children, and three dogs. My day job is at a bank in the project management area. My free time is spent hanging out with my family and friends, watching all of my favorite shows, reading, playing volleyball, and forcing myself to take the girls (my dogs) for a run.
When did you first hear about the ACLU?
I don’t know that I have a defining moment of first hearing about the ACLU. I remember being familiar with them growing up because they defended LGBTQ rights, reproductive rights, and other important equality initiatives.
How does the ACLU and our work relate to you personally? Are there any issues you feel most connected to?
I’m gay, so the work the American Civil Liberties Union does to defend LGBTQ rights has always been very personal to me.
What made you want to volunteer on Election Day with the ACLU?
Voting has always been important to me. Volunteering to drive other voters is another way I can contribute and make sure everyone has a voice and access to participate.
Why is voting important to you?
Voting is our chance to have a voice in our government! It's a right and a duty. My parents always took us with them to vote as kids. I recall going to vote for the first time after I turned 18 and being so excited to finally be participating and fulfilling my civic duty.
Have you voted yet?
I haven’t, but I absolutely will be going on Nov. 6! I usually go vote with my partner after work. Occasionally, we also take our kids along to show them the process and make sure they know how important voting is!