South Dakota judicial elections

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Appellate judges in South Dakota participate in retention elections, while circuit court judges compete in nonpartisan elections.

Primary elections occur on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June during even-numbered years. General elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in the November after each primary.[1]

Supreme Court Circuit Court
Retention elections - Eight-year terms Nonpartisan elections - Eight-year terms

Primary election

If more than two candidates are running for a circuit court seat, they compete in the primary election. The two candidates who receive the most votes advance to the general election.[2]


Election results can be found on the South Dakota Secretary of State website.



Code of judicial conduct

Candidates are subject to the South Dakota Code of Judicial Conduct, whether or not they are incumbent judges. Since 2006, the state has had a special nine-member committee to ensure ethical judicial campaigns.[3][4][5]

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