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South Dakota

Upcoming Election Dates and Registration Deadlines

June 7, 2022

South Dakota Primary Election
Voter Registration Deadline
  • Postmarked: May 23, 2022
  • In-person request by: May 23, 2022
  • Online request by: No online voter registration in South Dakota
Absentee Request Deadline
  • Received: June 6, 2022
Completed Absentee Ballot Return Deadline
  • Received: June 7, 2022
Early Voting: April 22 – June 6, 2022 (by completing absentee ballot at county auditor’s office)

November 8, 2022

South Dakota General Election
Voter Registration Deadline
  • Postmarked: October 24, 2022
  • In-person request by: October 24, 2022
  • Online request by: No online voter registration in South Dakota
Absentee Request Deadline
  • Received: November 7, 2022
Completed Absentee Ballot Return Deadline
  • Received: November 8, 2022
Early Voting: September 23 – November 7, 2022 (by completing absentee ballot at county auditor’s office)

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Absentee Voting

No excuse is needed to vote absentee in South Dakota. All registered South Dakota voters will receive absentee ballot applications by mail prior to the June 2 Primary Election.

If you are unable to attend your polling place on Election Day, you may submit a request for an absentee ballot. 

See details of absentee voting and download the application here

You must have your application recieved by your municipal clerk’s office no later than 3 PM the day before the election. Your completed absentee ballot needs to be received by Election Day.

Early Voting 

Anyone may apply for an Early Voting ballot in Nebraska — you do not need a reason or excuse to vote early. You can apply for an Early Voting ballot by contacting your County Clerk or Election Commissioner by mail, fax, in-person at their office, or by a personal agent. The last day to request an Early Voting ballot to be mailed to you is the 4 PM on the Wednesday prior to Election Day. All Early Voting ballots must be received by the County Clerk or Election Commissioner by the close of polls on Election Day.

See details of early voting here

What to Expect
on Election Day

On Election Day, polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM local time. 

Find your polling location.

 

Voter ID Requirements

All voters must bring a valid photo ID to vote. Acceptable forms of photo ID include:

  • A South Dakota driver license or non-drivers’ ID card
  • United States government issues ID
  • Military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service
  • A current student identification card from a South Dakota high school or a South Dakota accredited institution of higher education
  • A tribal photo ID

If you do not have acceptable photo ID, you may still fill out a regular ballot with a signed affidavit of identity.

Click here for more information on voter ID in South Dakota

Language Access

Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdictions to provide in-language voting materials in areas with a significant number of limited English proficient voters. 

Section 208

Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act states that, “Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of the employer or office or agent of the voter’s union.” 

It is your right to bring your own interpreter to the polls, if you so choose. 

Have questions or need help voting?

Call 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683).

Bilingual assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali. Click here for more information.