En español | South Dakota's Nov. 8 general election will decide races for U.S. House and Senate, state House and Senate, governor and several other state offices. The state’s primary was June 7.
Redistricting in South Dakota last year has redrawn certain boundaries of state House and Senate districts. These changes may affect which candidates appear on your ballot.
The deadline to register or update your voter information is Oct. 24.
Contact your county election official if you do not receive an acknowledgment notice within 15 days of the date you submitted your registration application.
Check if you’re registered to vote or view a sample ballot through the state’s Voter Information Portal.
Any registered voter can request an absentee ballot for November’s general election. Absentee ballot application forms are valid for one calendar year, so you’ll need to reapply for any elections beyond 2022.
Apply for absentee ballots by mail and in person:
Election officials encourage those who wish to vote absentee by mail to submit their applications as soon as possible to ensure sufficient mail-delivery time. Once absentee voting opens on Sept. 23 for the general election, ballots are mailed within 48 hours of an application’s receipt.
For in-person absentee voting, return the forms to your county auditor’s office by 5 p.m. Nov. 7.
Only voters covered under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act can submit their application for absentee ballot via fax or email. The requirement for a copy of an acceptable photo ID or a notarized oath is waived for these voters.
Return your completed absentee ballot:
Completed absentee ballots must be received on Election Day with sufficient time for election officials to deliver them to the corresponding polling locations prior to the polls closing. Contact your county auditor to determine the local deadline. Ballots that are not received by the deadline will not be counted.
Track your ballot using the state’s voter information portal.
South Dakota doesn’t offer early in-person voting, but you can go to your county auditor's office to complete and submit an absentee ballot in person. In-person absentee voting runs from Sept. 23 through Nov. 7 at 5 p.m.
Yes. All voters applying for an absentee ballot or voting at a polling place on Election Day need to show an approved photo ID, including a state-issued driver’s license, state-issued student ID, U.S. passport or tribal ID.
If you do not have an approved photo ID while voting in-person absentee or at the polls, you may complete a personal identification affidavit and still vote a regular ballot. This affidavit may not be used as a substitute for the ID requirements for the absentee ballot application.
The general election is on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Use the state's voter information portal to find a polling place near you.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on July 5 with information about how to vote in the general election. The guide was first published on Aug. 6, 2020.
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