South Dakota State Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Sioux Falls School District General Election held on Tue Jun 6, 2017

New Voter Registration

Mon May 22, 2017

Absentee Ballot Request

Mon Nov 7, 2016 5:00pm

Absentee Ballot Return

Received by Tue Jun 6, 2017 7:00pm

Early Voting

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Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 7am to 7pm on Election Day. Bring your ID with you when you vote on Election Day.

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Early Voting

Voters may apply for and cast absentee ballots in their local county Auditors Office as soon as absentee voting period begins. Bring your ID with you when you vote early.

For exact hours of in-person absentee voting contact your local office

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot beginning 46 days prior to a primary or general election. Include a copy of your ID with your absentee application form when you mail it.

You are eligible to vote in South Dakota if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Are a resident of South Dakota
  • Are a U.S citizen

You are NOT eligible to vote in South Dakota if:

  • You are on parole for a felony conviction or convicted of a felony
  • You have been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court

Voter Registration

To register to vote in South Dakota you should provide:

  • Your South Dakota Driver's License Number

If you do not have these IDs, you may provide:

  • The Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number

Voting In-Person

If you are registered to vote in South Dakota, you are required to show ID to vote; or, you may instead sign an affidavit or similar document. Accepted forms of ID include:

  • Valid Tribal ID
  • Valid South Dakota Non-driver's ID
  • Valid Student ID
  • Valid South Dakota Driver's License
  • Valid Military ID
  • Valid Federal Issued ID

If you don't have any of these when you vote absentee in person or go to the polls on Election Day, you can fill out an affidavit confirming your identity and still be allowed to vote.

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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In South Dakota, the County Election Official must receive your application for absentee ballot no later than 5 pm on the day prior to Election Day.

Overseas & Military Voters

Sioux Falls School District General Election held on Tue Jun 6, 2017

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Received by Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:00pm CDT Received by Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:00pm CDT

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Mon Nov 7, 2016 5:00pm CST Received by Mon Nov 7, 2016 5:00pm CST

Ballot Return

Received by Tue Nov 8, 2016 7:00pm CST Received by Tue Nov 8, 2016 7:00pm CST

Overseas Voters

U.S. citizens living abroad have the right to vote as absentee voters, provided they are eligible to vote in their state. If you are living outside of the U.S. permanently, indefinitely, or temporarily, your voting rights stay with you, even if you never voted when you lived in the U.S. To vote from overseas:

  • Complete and send an overseas voter registration/ballot request form to your election office in the U.S. This is one specific form that will register you as an overseas voter and request your absentee ballot – simultaneously.

Many states allow children who were born overseas, but never lived in the U.S., to use their U.S. parents’ last residence address to register.

Military Voters

Service members and their eligible family members living outside their voting jurisdiction (within or outside the U.S.) are able to vote as absentee voters.

  • If you are a service member, or an eligible family member, there is a single form to file for both voter registration and ballot request. It is often called the “Federal Post Card Application” or the FPCA form. This form must be re-filed with your election office each time you change location.

To vote as a service member or eligible family member:

  • Complete and send a voter registration/ballot request form “FPCA” to your election office in the U.S. It is the same form in all states.

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form ("FPCA"). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID

Overseas Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Overseas citizens do not have notarization or additional ID requirements.

Military Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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South Dakota allows voters that are currently registered to send their election official a scanned ballot request form by fax or as an email attachment. Please note that private email over the Internet is the least secure method of transfer for documents containing your confidential identity information. OVF strongly recommends regular mail and fax over email transfer. Uniformed Services voters and their dependents stationed in the United States only - South Dakota requires you to provide a photocopy of your valid ID. Acceptable ID is: A South Dakota Drivers License or non-driver ID card; a passport or other picture ID issued by the U.S. government; a tribal photo ID; a photo ID issued by a South Dakota postsecondary education institution. Should notarization of the stateside military voters signature be easier to obtain than a photocopy of the ID, a notarized absentee ballot application may be submitted. The notarization on the absentee ballot application can be administered by any commissioned officer in the military service of the United States. Uniformed Services voters stationed overseas and overseas citizens do not have notarization or additional ID requirements.