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South Dakota permits no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. It does not have a system for online voter registration. South Dakota voters are required to provide a valid form of photo identification on Election Day.

For full information about voting in South Dakota, contact your state election agency.


To vote in South Dakota, you must:[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 [be] 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[2]

—South Dakota Secretary of State

When and where

Registration must be completed by 15 days prior to any election. To register to vote, you may submit a form by mail to your local County Auditor or in person at any of 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[2]

—South Dakota Secretary of State

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of January 2015, South Dakota is one of the 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.

Voting on Election Day

All voters must show a valid form of photo identification at the polls on Election Day. Approved forms of photo identification include:[3]

  • A South Dakota driver’s license or a non-driver ID card.
  • A passport or other photo ID issued by the U.S. government.
  • A tribal photo ID.
  • A current student photo ID that has been issued by a South Dakota high school or postsecondary school.[2]


If you do not have a photo ID, you can sign a personal identification affidavit.

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In South Dakota, all polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If the polls close while you are still in line, you will be permitted to vote.[4]

South Dakota is divided between Central and Mountain time zones.

Primary voting

South Dakota is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system.[5]

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.[6][7]


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.[6] A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by close of polls on Election Day.[8]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

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.[9]

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