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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



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: 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.



Online: Download a printable form

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



Online: Voter Registration Verification

Phone: Call the Secretary of State or your local County Auditor.



Who can vote absentee: Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. A new application must be completed each calendar year.


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.  In-Person Absentee Voting Locations

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.

Other absentee ballot information: You must be registered to vote before applying for an absentee ballot. See more information for Absentee voters.


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.


Verifying Registration: Voter Registration Verification

Deciding how to vote:

Polling Place: Polling Place Locator

ID Requirements: All voters will be required to provide identification before voting. The personal identification that may be presented shall either be:

  -A South Dakota driver’s license or non-driver ID card

  -U.S. government or tribal photo ID

  -U.S. Armed Forces ID

  -Current student photo identification card from a South Dakota high school or South Dakota accredited institution of higher education

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.

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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