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How to Register to Vote

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the South Dakota state voter registration form.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Provide your name and check the boxes to indicate you’re a US citizen and will be at least 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8

Steps 2–3a · Provide your home address and your mailing address (if different from your home address). If your home address is a PO Box, rural box, or general delivery, provide a further description of your location.

Step 4 · Provide your birthday

Step 5 · Provide your phone number

Step 6 · Provide your South Dakota driver’s license number. If you don’t have a driver’s license, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number

Steps 7–8 · Provide your political party affiliation and email address

Steps 9–11 · If you’re reporting a change in name, address or driver’s license number, provide your previous information

Step 12 · Sign and date form


3. Send the form.

Your completed form must be received at your county auditor’s office by Oct 24


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1. Get the voter registration form.

2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Provide your name and check the boxes to indicate you’re a US citizen and will be at least 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8

Steps 2–3a · Provide your home address and your mailing address (if different from your home address). If your home address is a PO Box, rural box, or general delivery, provide a further description of your location.

Step 4 · Provide your birthday

Step 5 · Provide your phone number

Step 6 · Provide your South Dakota driver’s license number. If you don’t have a driver’s license, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

Steps 7–8 · Provide your political party affiliation and email address

Steps 9–11 · If you’re reporting a change in name, address or driver’s license number, provide your previous information

Step 12 · Sign and date form


3. Return the form.

Drop off your completed form by Oct 24 at the county auditor or other government office where you picked up the form


Check if you’re registered to vote

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Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at a South Dakota address
  • Be at least 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be currently serving any part of a sentence for a felony conviction
  • Not be currently judged by a court as mentally incompetent
Mail
October 24

In Person
October 24

How to Vote

Vote early
Sep 23–Nov 7

You can vote in person at your County Auditor’s office

Be sure to bring a copy of an accepted ID

If you don’t have an accepted form of ID, you can provide information affirming your identity and have your form verified by a notary

Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM local time. If you’re in line by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring a copy of an accepted ID.


Who can vote early

Any voter registered in South Dakota can vote before Election Day with an in person absentee ballot.

Who can vote by mail

Any voter registered in South Dakota can vote absentee by mail.


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print the South Dakota absentee ballot application form.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Provide your name

Step 2 · Provide your address

Step 3 · Provide the address where you want your ballot mailed, if different from Step 2

Step 4 · To receive an absentee ballot for the general election on Nov 8, check the box for “General”

Step 5 · Provide your phone number

Step 6 · Provide military and overseas information, if applicable

Step 7 · Attach a copy of an accepted form of ID

If you don’t have an accepted form of ID, you can provide information affirming your identity and have your form verified by a notary

Step 8 · Sign and date the form


3. Submit the form

Mail, fax or email the form and a copy of an accepted ID to your County Auditor so it’s received no later than 5 PM on Nov 7


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Mail your completed ballot so it’s received at the address on the return envelope by 7 PM on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Check the status of you ballot on sos.sd.gov
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote early
Sep 23–Nov 7

You can vote in person at your County Auditor’s office

Be sure to bring a copy of an accepted ID

If you don’t have an accepted form of ID, you can provide information affirming your identity and have your form verified by a notary

Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM local time. If you’re in line by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring a copy of an accepted ID.

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in South Dakota. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at a South Dakota address
  • Be 18 before or on Nov 8
  • Not be judged mentally incompetent by a court
  • Not be currently serving any part of a sentence for a felony conviction

ID requirements

Bring one of the following with you when you vote early or on Election Day, or include a copy with your absentee application form when you mail it:

  • A South Dakota driver’s license
  • A South Dakota non-driver ID card
  • A US government photo ID card
  • A US Armed Forces ID card
  • A current student photo ID card from a South Dakota high school
  • A current student photo ID card from an accredited college, university, or postsecondary institution of higher education
  • A photo ID card from a federally recognized tribal government

If you don’t have any of these, you can fill out an affidavit confirming your identity and still be allowed to vote

Frequently Asked Questions

Your absentee ballot application must be notarized or witnessed by an official who can administer an oath. As an alternative to notarization, you can send a photocopy of a valid form of identification with their absentee ballot application.Acceptable forms of ID: A South Dakota driver۪s license or nondriver identification card; A passport or other picture ID issued by the United States government; a tribal photo ID; OR a current student photo ID issued by a South Dakota high school or postsecondary education institution.