South Dakota Voting Information
- Absentee Ballot Process
- Campaign Finance Information
- Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
- Drop Boxes
- Early Voting
- Election Dates
- Eligibility Requirements
- ID Needed for Voter Registration
- ID Needed for Voting?
- Official Results
- Overseas and Military Voters
- Poll Worker Information
- Polling Place Hours
- Polling Place Locator
- Provisional Voting
- Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
- Registration Deadline
- Time Off To Vote
- Verify Voter Registration
- Voting Machines
Absentee Ballot Process
Absentee voting is available and no excuse is required. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 1 days before the election. You can return your absentee ballot request form through the mail or in person. Voted ballots must be received by Election Day in order to be counted. You can sign up to track your absentee ballot on your Secretary of State website. Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. Contact your local elections office for more information.
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.
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.
Those who requested an absentee ballot but end up voting in person may do so without surrendering their absentee ballot. For specifics contact your local county clerk.
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.Request your Ballot
Campaign Finance Information
Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
Early Voting begins 46 days before the election (in-person absentee voting) and ends the day before Election Day.
To be eligible to vote 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 state 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 an ID at the polls when you go to vote.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
- 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.
Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.
Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. Provisional ballots are counted 7-17 days after the election.
Official election results will be uploaded on South Dakota’s Secretary of State website as they become available.
The last date to certify the November 10, 2020 election is November 18th.Official Results
Overseas and Military Voters
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent 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.
Poll Worker Information
In order to be a poll worker in South Dakota, you must:
- Be registered to vote in South Dakota
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be a resident of the county and precinct 15 days prior to the election
- Complete required training
You will be entitled to compensation
Polling Place Hours
Polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Polling Place Locator
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 counted 7-17 days after the election.
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.
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.
Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!
The deadline for registration is 15 days before any election. Your application must be received by the auditor by this deadline if you are to vote in the next election.
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.
Verify Voter Registration
To verify your registration statusclick here!
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)
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