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Voter Friendliness

Voting Requirements
Registration Difficulty
Voting Accessibility
Needs Improvement

Upcoming Elections

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Statewide Primary Election
Primary Election
Jun 7, 2022
Register by May 23, 2022
Statewide General Election
General Election
Nov 8, 2022
Register by Oct 24, 2022
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Voting Qualifications

Not currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction
Not judged mentally incompetent by a court
Resident of South Dakota


Voter Registration

In Person  - 
15 days before Election Day
Mail  - 
Received 15 days before Election Day

Absentee Ballot

In Person  - 
Requested 1 day or more before Election Day
Mail  - 
Requested 1 day or more before Election Day
Mail  - 
Received by 5 p.m. on Election Day

Early Voting

In Person  - 
Between 1 and 45 days before Election Day

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Party Affiliation

  • The South Dakota Democratic Primary is open to registered Democrats and Independents/No Party Affiliation voters, but not Republicans.
  • The South Dakota Libertarian Primary is open to voters registered as Libertarian, Independent, or No Party Affiliation.
  • The South Dakota Republican Primary is closed to only registered Republicans.

In a Primary election, a voter is given only the ballot for the party which the voter is registered in, except for voters registered as an Independent or No Party Affiliation (NPA).

Absentee Voter Rules

Any registered South Dakota voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

Voter Identification

All voters who appear at a polling place must show one of the following forms of photo ID:

  • South Dakota driver's license or nondriver ID card
  • U.S. government photo ID (passport is acceptable)
  • U.S. Armed Forces ID
  • Current student photo identification card from a South Dakota high school or South Dakota accredited institution of higher education
  • Tribal photo ID

If you do not have a photo ID, you can sign a personal identification affidavit, and will still be allowed to vote a regular ballot.