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South Dakota

South Dakota General Election

Tuesday, November 6th

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How do I vote?
15 days ago

Registration deadline

What is this Election?

General elections are held to determine which candidates are elected into office.

How to Register

Register to Vote in South Dakota

When do I need to register to vote in South Dakota?

South Dakotans must have been registered to vote by Monday, October 22nd.

How do I register to vote in South Dakota?

Fill out, print, sign, stamp, and mail your registration form in before the deadline.

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Am I already registered to vote?

Who can register to vote in South Dakota?

To register as a voter in South Dakota, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a resident of South Dakota
  • Be at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Not have been officially found mentally incompetent
  • Not currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction*

* If you've been convicted of a felony, you may still be able to vote. See the official guidelines.

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Where do I vote on Election Day?

On Election Day, you can cast your ballot at your designated precinct voting location.

To find yours, visit the South Dakota Polling Place Finder.

All polling places will be open between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm.

Can I vote by mail?

Any registered voter in South Dakota can request an absentee ballot to vote by mail!

Vote by mail in South Dakota by requesting an absentee ballot.

Absentee ballot requests must be received by November 5th,
and returned no later than November 5th.

I'm in college away from home, which state do I vote in?

You can either register to vote in South Dakota or the state you're attending school in — but not both!

I'm not in the US right now, how do I vote?

If you are a military voter or a United States citizen living abroad, you should request an overseas absentee ballot.

What ID do I need to vote?

Voter ID is required when voting. One of the following forms is acceptable:

  • South Dakota driver's license or photo ID
  • U.S. Passport
  • Military ID
  • Student Photo ID card from a South Dakota high school, or an accredited institution of higher education, including a university, college, or technical school located in South Dakota.
  • Tribal ID card, including a photo

If you do not have a Photo ID available, you can sign an affidavit at the polls.

What if I have a disability?

Several bills have been passed to ensure voters with disabilities still have reasonable access to privately cast their vote in South Dakota.

If you require assistance, contact your local election authority.

Visit the AAPD Voter Resource Center to learn more about voting with a disability.

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Dates and deadlines can change at any time

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Still have questions?

Questions, suggestions, corrections, or feedback? Get in touch!

You can also contact the South Dakota Secretary of State for questions about the election.

Website: South Dakota Elections Office
Phone: (605) 773-3537

Having problems at the polls?

Voting is your right. Don't let anyone take it away. Experiencing Voter intimidation? Overzealous voter ID checks? Being turned away from voting? Faulty equipment?
Call the Election Protection Hotline for assistance.

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