State of South Dakota Voting Requirements


U.S. Domestic Voters

Federal and State Elections

South Dakota State Primary Election held on Tue Jun 7, 2022



New Voter Registration

Mon May 23, 2022

Absentee Ballot Request

Mon Jun 6, 2022 5:00pm

Absentee Ballot Return

Received by Tue Jun 7, 2022 7:00pm

In-Person Absentee Voting

Contact Local Election Office - Mon Jun 6, 2022 5:00pm CDT


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.

For the 2020 Primary Election, all voters will be mailed an absentee ballot application.

You are eligible to vote in South Dakota if you:

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

You are NOT eligible to vote in South Dakota if:

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

Student Eligibility

If you are a student, you are eligible to vote in South Dakota if:

  • You reside in South Dakota but are attending college in another state
  • You reside in another state but attend college in South Dakota
  • You provide a valid photo student ID from a college/university in South Dakota at the polls

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:

  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number

If you do not have a South Dakota Driver’s License or Social Security number and need help getting ID, go to

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

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.

If you do not have one of the South Dakota valid IDs and need help getting ID, go to

Vote-by-Mail / Absentee

  • When applying for an absentee ballot, include a copy of your photo ID.

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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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.