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Basics of voting in South Dakota


Before voting in South Dakota, it's important to know if you're registered at your current address. The deadline to register by mail or in person is Oct. 19.

For each method, the form must be signed and submitted to your local county auditor. Other locations where you can register include:

  • Driver's license station
  • City Finance Office
  • Public assistance agencies providing food stamps, TANF or WIC
  • Department of Human Services offices which provide assistance to the disabled
  • Military recruitment offices

South Dakota law does not allow you to submit voter registration forms through fax or email. You can vote without a notary or witness.

Click here to download a voter registration form.


In South Dakota, you are able to vote by mail without an excuse.

If you'd like to get an in-mail ballot, you must fill out a request form by Nov. 2. That form then must be received by your county election official on election day in enough time to deliver the ballot to your voting precinct before polls close.

Click here to download a request form.

The first day you can vote absentee was Sept. 18. with the option open until Nov. 2, the day before the election. You can also drop off your ballot in person.

After you vote by mail, you can track your absentee ballot here.


Last, of all, you have the option to vote in-person on election day, which is Nov. 3. Where you go to vote depends on your precinct.

Polls will be open in South Dakota from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time.

Click here to find your polling place.

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