How to vote in my state
Last updated February 16, 2023
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If you are unable to attend your polling place in person on Election Day, you may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot. To vote by absentee ballot, a voter must request an absentee ballot application from your County Election Official. The County Election Official will send a paper absentee ballot to the voter. The voter then completes the ballot and returns it to the County Election Official.
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.
South Dakota doesn’t offer early in-person voting, but you can cast an absentee ballot at your county auditor’s office.
What to Expect
on Election Day
On Election Day, polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM local time.
Find your polling location (log onto voter portal)
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.
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 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.