Voting in South Dakota
Upcoming Elections and Deadlines in South Dakota
State Primary Runoff
If you're returning your completed absentee ballot application by mail, it must be received by 08/15/2022.
If you're returning your completed absentee ballot application by hand, it must be received by 5:00 pm 08/15/2022.
If you're returning your completed ballot by mail, it must be received by 08/16/2022.
If you're returning your completed ballot by hand, it must be received by 08/16/2022.
If you're registering by mail, your voter registration must be received by 10/24/2022.
If you're registering in person, your voter registration must be received by 10/24/2022.
South Dakota does not offer online voter registration.
If you're returning your completed absentee ballot application by mail, it must be received by 5:00 pm 11/07/2022.
If you're returning your completed absentee ballot application by hand, it must be received by 5:00 pm 11/07/2022.
You may not be able to request an absentee ballot online in South Dakota.
If you're returning your completed ballot by mail, it must be received by close of polls 11/08/2022.
If you're returning your completed ballot by hand, it must be received by close of polls 11/08/2022.
Voter Registration In South Dakota
Who Can Register In South Dakota
To register to vote in South Dakota, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of South Dakota
- Be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
- Not be judged mentally incompetent by a court of law
- Not currently be serving a sentence for a felony conviction which included imprisonment, served or suspended, in an adult penitentiary system
You must register to vote at least 15 days before the election you wish to vote in. This means that your voter registration form must be received by your county auditor by this deadline.
South Dakota Election Day Registration
South Dakota does not offer Election Day registration, so be sure to submit your voter registration before the deadline.
You can pre-register to vote in South Dakota if you will turn 18 by the next election.
Voting Rights Restoration
South Dakota does remove voting rights for people with felony convictions. Voting rights are lost until completion of an entire sentence, including probation, parole, and restitution, with automatic restoration after.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In South Dakota
Where To Vote In South Dakota
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
All voters are eligible to vote absentee/by mail in South Dakota; no excuse is needed.
Early Voting In South Dakota
South Dakota offers in-person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early.
Primary Elections In South Dakota
South Dakota has semi-open and closed primaries. Only voters registered with the Republican Party may only vote in that party's primary. Voters registered with the Democratic Party and unaffiliated voters may vote in the Democratic Primary. 17-year-olds cannot vote in the primary election even if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In South Dakota
Voter ID Requirements
Photo ID is required to vote in South Dakota, allow you can still vote a regular ballot if you don’t have ID. Valid forms of ID include:
- South Dakota driver's license or nondriver ID card
- U.S. government photo ID (passport is acceptable)
- U.S. Armed Forces ID
- Current student photo identification card from a South Dakota high school or South Dakota accredited institution of higher education
- Tribal photo ID
If you go to your polling place without an approved form of ID, you can sign a personal identification affidavit and vote a regular ballot.
Additional South Dakota Resources
Your State Election Official
South Dakota Secretary of State
Phone number: 605.773.3537