League of Women Voters

South Dakota


South Dakota 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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Election Day Problems?

Call one of these hotlines:
1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
1-844-418-1682 (Arabic)


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