South Dakota

Elections & Voting in South Dakota

Election day is November 8, 2022

  • September 23                         Absentee voting begins
  • October 24                              Voter registration deadline
  • November 7                            Deadline to receive an absentee ballot request by mail
  • November 8                            Deadline to return an absentee ballot by mail
  • November 8                            General Election


To register to vote in South Dakota, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Reside in South Dakota
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Not currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction which included imprisonment, served or suspended, in an adult penitentiary system
  • Not be judged mentally incompetent by a court

* Under South Dakota Codified Law § 12-4-18, a person currently serving a felony conviction in either federal or state court shall be removed from the voter registration records. A person so disqualified becomes eligible to register to vote upon completion of his or her entire sentence (must complete probation, parole, restitution; including all fines and fees). A person who receives a suspended imposition of sentence does not lose the right to vote


How to register to vote:

Print the Voter Registration Form, fill-out the form, sign it and then submit it to your County Auditor. Your Voter Registration form with an original signature must be received by the auditor 15 days before any election if you wish to vote in that election. South Dakota law does not allow you to submit your voter registration form via fax or email. South Dakota does not allow same-day voter registration.


Voter ID Requirements

  • A South Dakota driver’s license or nondriver identification card
  • A passport or an identification card, including a picture, issued by an agency of the United States government
  • A tribal identification card, including a picture
  • A current student identification card, including a picture, issued by a high school or an accredited institution of higher education, including a university, college, or technical school, located within the State of South Dakota.

*If a voter is not able to present a form of personal identification as required by SDCL 12-18-6.1, the voter may complete an affidavit in lieu of the personal identification. The State Board of Elections shall promulgate rules, pursuant to chapter 1-26, prescribing the form of the affidavit. The affidavit shall require the voter to provide his or her name and address. The voter shall sign the affidavit under penalty of perjury.


Absentee Voting

Any registered South Dakota voter can request an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Absentee ballots can be requested in person at a local election office or by printing out a form and mailing it in. Absentee ballots cannot be requested online.




Tribes in South Dakota

Federally recognized tribes

  • Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota
  • Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation
  • Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation
  • Oglala Sioux Tribe
  • Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of the Lower Brule Reservation
  • Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of the Crow Creek Reservation
  • Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota
  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne River Reservation

State recognized tribes

  • None


Native Vote Coordinator

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!

Chase Iron Eyes

Major Party Contact Information

Chair, Ann Tornberg

Chair, Pam Roberts

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