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South Dakota Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines
In Person:
Monday, October 22, 2018
By Mail:
Monday, October 22, 2018
Election Dates:
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (General Election)
Secretary of State
500 East Capitol Ave. Ste 204
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Phone:
605-773-3537
Fax:
605-773-6580

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in South Dakota you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A resident in South Dakota (To be a resident means the place in which you have a fixed habitation and whenever you are absent intend to return to)
  • At least 18 years old on or before the election
  • Not currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction which included imprisonment, served or suspended, in an adult penitentiary system
  • Not judged mentally incompetent by a court of law

ID Needed for Voter Registration

You are required to show your South Dakota driver's license or provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number when registering to vote.

ID Needed for Voting?

You must show one of the following forms of ID at the polls when you go to vote:

  • A South Dakota driver's license or non-driver ID card
  • A passport or an identification card, including a picture, issued by an agency of the U.S. government
  • A tribal identification card, including a picture
  • US Government photo ID
  • US Armed Forces ID
  • Student photo ID from a South Dakota high school
  • A current ID that includes a picture, issued by an accredited institution of higher education, including a university, college, or technical school, located within South Dakota

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

Registration Deadline

Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!

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.

 

Verify Voter Registration

To verify your registration status, please utilize your state resource. For more information contact your county auditor's office.

Absentee Ballot Process

Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. You must request an absentee ballot application from your County Election Official or fill out an absentee ballot request here. You will then be sent a paper absentee ballot to vote. Complete the ballot and return it to the County Election Official.

The County Election Official must receive your application no later than 5pm the day before the election.

If you are confined because of sickness or disability, you may apply in writing and obtain an absentee ballot by authorized messenger. The authorized messenger delivers the ballot from the County Election Official to the qualified voter and then delivers the marked ballot to the County Election Official. Any application for a ballot by authorized messenger must be received before 3pm the day of the election.

Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Early Voting

Voters who qualify to vote absentee may also go to the office of the county auditor, complete an absentee ballot application and vote in the office.

Election Dates

The next election date is Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (General Election). The registration deadline is Monday, October 22, 2018.

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in South Dakota:

  • You must be registered to vote in South Dakota
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must be a resident of the county and precinct 15 days prior to the election
  • You must complete required training

You will be entitled to compensation

To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

Polling Place Hours

Polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Any voter at the polling place prior to 7:00 pm is allowed to cast a ballot.

Time Off To Vote

Employees are entitled to paid leave on Election Day between the time the polls open and when they close, unless the person has two consecutive hours during the time the polls are open in which he or she can vote before or after work.

Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.

Provisional Voting

If you are not authorized to vote, are successfully challenged, or are otherwise denied the ability to vote and you maintain that you are currently registered to vote in that precinct, you may cast a ballot which shall be called a provisional ballot. You must complete an affirmation for a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are not counted on election night. The county auditor will investigate the following day to determine if you were properly registered in that precinct. If the information found determines that you were properly registered, then that provisional ballot will be counted. You will receive notification of whether your provisional ballot was counted or not and if not, an explanation of why it was not counted. By voting a provisional ballot, your vote may not be secret if you are the only one voting on a provisional ballot in that precinct.

Voting Machines

The voting systems used in South Dakota are optical scan and paper ballots.

Optical Scan: With this system, you will receive a card or sheet of paper, which you take over to a private table or booth. The card has the names of the various candidates and ballot measures printed on it. With a pen or pencil you fill in a little box or circle or the space between two arrows. When you are finished filling out all the cards, you may bring the cards over to a ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put the cards in the box. Or in some places, you may feed the completed cards or papers into a computer device that checks your card or paper right there at the polling place to make sure you have voted the way you want to and counts the votes.

Paper Ballots: Paper ballots are one of the oldest ways of voting in America. They are still used in a few places on Election Day. When you come to the polling place, you will get a paper ballot from the poll worker. You take it to the voting booth, and use a pen or pencil to mark a box next to your candidate and issue choices. You then drop the marked ballot into a sealed ballot box.

You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC)

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

If you cannot mark a ballot because you have a physical disability or cannot read, you may ask any person to help you vote. For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.


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