VOTING IN SOUTH DAKOTA
 

 
VOTER REGISTRATION

Forms and Deadlines

Registration Form (English)
Where to Mail / Deliver your form

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Fifteen (15) days before Election Day

To find where to register in person, or for more information:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your County Auditor

Online Registration

Currently, voters are NOT able to register to vote or update their information online.

Ask your state representatives to create online voter registration for all South Dakota voters.

Election Day Registration

Currently, voters are NOT permitted to register to vote on Election Day.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which will allow voters to register at their polling place on Election Day.

Automatic Registration

Currently, voters are NOT automatically registered to vote.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which will automatically register eligible South Dakota residents to vote when they apply for a driver's license or interact with other state agencies.

Can you pre-register?

LIMITED. Voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before the next Election may register to vote.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation that will permit eligible voters to pre-register to vote after they turn sixteen (16) as well as automatically pre-register them to vote if they apply for a driver's license.

Have you moved?

For registered voters who have moved within the state of South Dakota but have not updated their voter registration information.

NEW Address, SAME Polling Place
Voters can vote at their usual polling place regardless of how close to the election they moved.

NEW Address, SAME County, NEW Polling Place
Voters can vote a regular ballot at their old polling place.

Moved to a NEW County
Voters can vote a regular ballot at their old polling place.

Click HERE to find your polling place.

Address Confidentiality Program

South Dakota currently has no ACP in place. Ask your state representatives to protect victims of stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes from offenders who use public records, such as voter registries, to locate them.

 

 
VOTING

Early Voting

South Dakota is a No-Excuse Absentee Voting state which means all voters may vote an absentee ballot in person (aka "early vote) at their County Auditor's Office and vote that ballot at the same time.

BEGINS
Municipal Elections: Fifteen (15) days before Election Day
State Wide Elections: Forty-five (45) days before Election Day

ENDS
5:00pm the day before Election Day.

See ABSENTEE VOTING for more information.

Vote-by-Mail

South Dakota is a No-Excuse Absentee Voting state which allows all voters to vote an absentee ballot by mail.

See ABSENTEE VOTING for more information.

Absentee Voting

South Dakota is a No-Excuse Absentee Voting state which allows all voters to vote an absentee ballot by mail or in person (aka "early voting").

Absentee Ballot Application

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Received by 5pm the day before Election Day

DEADLINE EXCEPTIONS
Voters confined due to sickness or disability may send an authorized messenger to request an absentte ballot up until 3:00pm on Election Day.

For more info on Absentee Voting:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your County Auditor
Track your ballot

Do you need Voter ID?

Voters will be asked to present a photo ID from an approved list of IDs.

NOTE: Voters who do not, or cannot, present the requested ID may still vote a regular ballot after signing a personal identification affidavit.

Voters who are struggling to get an ID from the state of South Dakota may get outside help from Spread the Vote, VoteRiders, or Carpool Vote.

Provisional Ballots

Voters may have to vote a Provisional Ballot on Election Day if:

• their name is not on the registered voters list
• their right to vote is challenged

Polling Hours

7:00am to 7:00pm (Local Time)

IMPORTANT: If you are in line by 7:00pm you are guaranteed the right to vote. Do NOT get out of line.

Primary Election Rules

Registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters may vote the Democratic primary ballot. But, ONLY registered Republicans may vote the Republican primary ballot.

Youth Vote in Primary?

NO. You must eighteen (18) or older to vote in a primary or primary runoff election.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which allows voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before a General or Special Election to vote in the preceding Primary Election.

Having a problem?

If you are experiencing difficulty voting, intimidation from poll workers or other voters, long lines, broken machines, a closed or incorrect polling station, or any other obstacle keeping you from casting your ballot, call the:

Election Protection Hotline
• English 866-687-8683
• Spanish 888-839-8682
• Arabic 844-925-5287
• Asian (multiple) 888-274-8683

 

 
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

College Students

Students from out-of-state attending college in South Dakota, or students who already live in South Dakota but attend college in another part of the state can visit the:

Official State Website
Campus Project

Military/Overseas

For more info on registering to vote and voting, Military and Overseas voters can go to the:

Official State Website for military
Official State Website for overseas
Federal Voting Assistance Program
Overseas Vote Foundation

Felony conviction?

Voters convicted of a felony BEFORE JULY 1, 2012 who were sentenced to a term of imprisonment will have their right to vote automatically restored after:

  • completing their term of incarceration
  • completing their parole

NOTE: Voters on probation for a conviction BEFORE July 1, 2012 may register to vote and vote.

Voters convicted of a felony AFTER JULY 1, 2012 who were will have their right to vote automatically restored after:

  • completing their term of incarceration
  • completing their parole
  • completing their probation

ADDITIONAL INFO
• Voters who lost their right to vote MUST re-register to vote.
• For more assistance, voters can use the Campaign Legal Center's website to Restore Your Vote.

Have a disability?

Voters with a disability who need more information about accessibility and voting can visit the Official State Website.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: We try to have the most current and complete information. But, if you think something is incorrect or incomplete, please feel free to LET US KNOW so we can correct it. Furthermore, we encourage voters to contact their state election officials if they have any questions.