Registration Deadline: The deadline for registration is 15 days before any election. Your card must be received by the auditor by this deadline if you are to vote in the next election.
Party Affiliation: South Dakota allows parties to choose the voters that vote for their primary
-The South Dakota Republican Primary is closed to only registered Republicans
-The South Dakota Democratic Primary is closed to Republicans but open to registered Democrats and Independents
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: At least 18 years old on or before the day of the election
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of South Dakota (To be a resident means the place in which you have a fixed habitation and whenever you are absent intend to return to)
Mental Competency: Must not be judged mentally incompetent by a court of law
Felony Convictions: Voting rights restored automatically after release from prison and discharge from parole (probationers may vote)
ID Requirements: South Dakota Driver license number or social security number required.
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Download a printable form or submit a form completely online.
In person: You may register at the following locations:
-County auditor's office;
-City finance office;
-Driver's license station;
-Public assistance agencies providing food stamps, TANF or WIC
-Department of Human Services offices which provide assistance to the disabled;
-Military recruitment offices;
By mail/ in writing: Mail a completed form to your county auditor's office.
Other Voter Registration Application Information: More information on how to register available
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: Voter Registration Verification
Phone: Call the Secretary of State or your local County Auditor.
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: Download a printable absentee ballot application.
In person: Obtain an absentee ballot application from online or at your county election official's office and return it to your county election official's office.
By mail: You may download and print an absentee ballot application and send it to your county election official. The voter's signature must be witnessed by a notary public or other officer authorized to administer an oath. If the signature is not witnessed, this application must be accompanied by a copy of the voter's valid ID. If you are living outside the United States, these requirements do not apply.
Military and overseas voting: Military voter information and Overseas Civilian Voter information.
Emergency Voting: In the event of confinement because of sickness or disability, a qualified voter may apply in writing and obtain an absentee ballot by authorized messenger. An authorized messenger delivers the marked ballot to the County Elections Official. Any 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.
Other absentee ballot information: You must be registered to vote before applying for an absentee ballot. See more information for Absentee voters.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: All voted absentee ballots must be returned to your county auditor's office prior to the closing of polls on Election Day.
Early voting qualifications: All registered voters may vote absentee before election day.
Verifying Registration: Voter Registration Verification
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Time off to vote: Any person entitled to vote at any election held within this state, including a primary election, shall, on the day of such election, be entitled to absent himself from any service or employment in which he is then engaged or employed for a period of two consecutive hours between the time of opening and the time of closing the polls; provided such person does not have a period of two consecutive hours during the time the polls are open during which he is not required to be present at his work or place of employment.
Polling Place: Polling Place Locator
ID Requirements: All voters will be required to provide identification before voting or obtaining an absentee ballot. The personal identification that may be presented shall either be:
-A South Dakota driver’s license or non-driver ID card
-A passport or other picture ID issued by the United States government
-A tribal photo ID
-A current student photo ID issued by a South Dakota high school or post-secondary education institution
If you do not have a photo ID, you can sign a personal identification affidavit.
How to Vote: Sample Ballots
Problems with voting: If your voting rights have been violated, you may call the person in charge of the election, the Secretary of State at 888-703-5328, or your state’s attorney. See South Dakota's HAVA procedures.
Verifying provisional ballot status: If you cast a provisional ballot, you will receive notification of whether your provisional ballot was counted or not and if not, an explanation of why it was not counted. Contact your local County Auditor's Office for more information.
Verifying absentee ballot status: Absentee Ballot Verification