Registration Deadline: The deadline for registration is 15 days before any election. Your form must be received by the county auditor by this deadline if you are to vote in the next election.
-The South Dakota Constitution Primary is closed to only registered Constitution party voters.
-The South Dakota Democratic Primary is open to registered Democrats and Independents/No Party Affiliation voters, but not Republicans.
-The South Dakota Libertarian Primary is closed to only registered Libertarians.
-The South Dakota Republican Primary is closed to only registered Republicans
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 (residency qualifications for registering to vote)
Mental Competency: Must not be judged mentally incompetent by a court of law
Felony Convictions: Not currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction which included imprisonment, served or suspended, in an adult penitentiary system
ID Requirements: South Dakota Driver license number or Social Security number required.
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
In person: You may register at the following locations:
- County auditor's office
- Driver's license station (when you are renewing or applying for a driver's license you may also register to vote on the driver's license application)
- City Finance Office
- 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 printable form to your county auditor's office. South Dakota law does not allow you to submit your voter registration form via fax or email.
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. A new application must be completed each calendar year.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
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.
The County Election Official must receive your application for absentee ballot no later than 5pm the day before the election.
Military and overseas voting: Military voter information and Overseas Civilian Voter information
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. Absentee voting begins September 23.
Early voting qualifications: All registered voters may vote absentee before election day.
Deciding how to vote: https://votesmart.org
Polling Place: Polling Place Locator
ID Requirements: All voters who appear at a polling place must show proof of identification. Approved forms of photo identification include:
-South Dakota driver's license or nondriver ID card
-U.S. government photo ID (passport is acceptable)
-U.S. Armed Forces ID
-Current student photo identification card from a South Dakota high school or South Dakota accredited institution of higher education
-Tribal photo ID
If you do not have a photo ID, you can sign a personal identification affidavit, and will still be allowed to vote a regular ballot.
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.
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
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