South Dakota Election Information

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Upcoming Elections in Your State

2014 State Primary Election: June 3, 2014

2014 Secondary Election Date: August 12, 2014

2014 General Election: November 4, 2014

For more information, visit the South Dakota Secretary of State website. 


Other Important Election Information

When You Can Vote

Polling Place Hours

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day

Early Voting

Voters who qualify to vote absentee may also go to the office of the person in charge of the election, complete an application, and vote in the office.  This should be done prior to Election Day.

Visit the South Dakota Secretary of State’s Voter Information Portal to look up your polling place location.

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE


REGISTER TO VOTE HERE

Registration Deadlines

2014 Statewide Primary Election: May 19, 2014

2014 Statewide Secondary Election: July 28, 2014

2014 General Election: October 20, 2014

Voters must register at least 15 days before an election.

The registration form must be received by the county auditor in the voter’s county of residence 15 days before the upcoming election if the registrant is to vote in that election. Click here for a list of county auditors’ offices.

Register to Vote

Identification Required for Registration

Any person registering to vote shall provide his or her South Dakota driver license number on the voter registration form. If a person does not have a South Dakota driver license, the person shall provide the last four digits of his or her social security number on the voter registration form. If a person does not have a South Dakota driver's license or social security number, the person may only register at the county auditor's office and shall sign a sworn statement verifying the fact that he or she has neither a South Dakota driver license nor social security number. Click here for a list of county auditors’ offices.

How to Check Registration

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Visit the South Dakota Secretary of State's Voter Registration Lookup webpage.

If You Want to Vote Early

Voters who qualify to vote absentee may also go to the office of the person in charge of the election, complete an application, and vote in the office.  This should be done prior to Election Day.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot (no-excuse required). Absentee ballots are available for the general election six weeks prior to the election. To vote absentee, a voter must complete an absentee ballot application and return it by mail or in person to the county auditor. Click here for a list of county auditors’ offices.  The application deadline is 3:00 p.m. on Election Day. The voter's signature on the application must be notarized or the voter must submit a copy of a valid photo ID with the completed application.

Completed absentee ballots may be returned by mail or in person to the person in charge of the election (not to the voter’s polling place). The ballot must be received by the person in charge of the election in time to transmit it to the voter’s precinct polling place prior to the closing of the polls at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.  

In the event of confinement because of sickness or disability, a qualified voter may request an absentee ballot in writing, naming an authorized messenger who will deliver the ballot to the voter and return it to the county election official. An application for a ballot by authorized messenger must be received by the person in charge of the election before 3:00 p.m. the day of the election.

Identification Required to Vote

Voters are required to provide identification before voting. When the voter is requesting a ballot, the voter shall present a valid form of personal identification. The personal identification that may be presented shall be either:

  • A South Dakota driver's license or non-driver identification card;
  • A passport or an identification card, including a picture, issued by an agency of the United States government;
  • A tribal identification card, including a picture; or
  • A current student identification card, including a picture, issued by a high school or an accredited institution of higher education, including a university, college, or technical school, located within the State of South Dakota.

A member of the precinct election board shall verify that the picture on the personal identification presented by the voter matches such person and that the name on the personal identification appears on the voter registration list. If the member cannot determine from the personal identification presented that the person making an application for ballots is the person listed on the voter registration list, the member may consider other forms of identification, personal knowledge and an explanation from the person making an application for ballots to match that person's name to a name on the registration list. If identity cannot be proven to the satisfaction of the member of the precinct election board or if the person making an application for ballots is challenged on the basis of identity by a member or a poll watcher, the person may vote a provisional ballot.

If a voter is not able to present a form of personal identification, the voter may complete an affidavit (in a form provided by the Board of Elections) in lieu of the personal identification.

If You Have Moved Within Your State

Persons who have moved to a new precinct, regardless of county, and have not yet registered in their new precinct may vote in their old precinct.


Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) South Dakota-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's South Dakota-specific page.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices.  The FWAB may also be used  to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's South Dakota-specific FWAB page.

Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)

A person convicted of a felony in federal or state court on or after July 1, 2012, loses the right to vote until the completion of his or her entire sentence, including incarceration, probation, and parole. When the sentence has been completed, the person must re-register to vote in order to participate in future elections. A person who receives a suspended sentence does not lose the right to vote.

Generally, those convicted of a felony before July 1, 2012 lose the right to vote during incarceration and parole. Those sentenced to probation, or to pay a fine or restitution, retain the right to vote. For more information, visit the felony convictions section of the Secretary of State’s website.

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For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: “Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities

For more information for student voters, visit the South Dakota Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights


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