Voting in South Dakota

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This page has information relating to voting in South Dakota. For full information contact your state election agency.


To vote in South Dakota, you must meet the following requirements:[1]

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Reside in South Dakota (residency defined)
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
  • Not currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction which included imprisonment, served or suspended, in an adult penitentiary system (See additional felony information)
  • Not be judged mentally incompetent by a court of law

When and where

You may print a Voter Registration Form, complete it, sign it and then send it to your county auditor, download a registration form or, fill-out the on-line form, print and send. 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.[1]

In addition you may register in 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
  • Mail-in registration with cards from the county auditor's office or from one of the links above

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of October 2014, South Dakota is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration.

Voting on election day

All voters must show a photo ID or sign an affidavit when voting. Approved forms of photo identification include: South Dakota driver’s license or nondriver ID card, U.S. government photo ID, U.S. Armed Forces ID, student photo ID from a South Dakota high school or South Dakota accredited institution of higher education or Tribal photo ID. If you do not have a photo ID, you can sign a personal identification affidavit.[2]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In South Dakota, all polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Any voter at the polling place prior to 7:00 p.m. is allowed to cast a ballot.[3]

South Dakota is divided between Central and Mountain time zones.

Primary voting

South Dakota is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Parties decide who may vote. Registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters may vote in the Democratic primary. Only registered Republicans may vote in the Republican primary.[4]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in South Dakota. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[5][6]


To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the county election official no later than 5 p.m. the day before the election.[5] A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by close of polls on election day.[7]

Military and overseas voting

For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

South Dakota is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Completed ballots must be returned to the county election official by close of polls on Election Day.[8]

See also

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