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Summary
Deadlines
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Voter Friendliness

Voting Requirements
Difficult
Registration Difficulty
Difficult
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 be currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction
Not have been adjudged mentally incompetent by a court
Resident of South Dakota

Deadlines

Early Voting

In Person  - 
Between 1 and 45 days before Election Day

Absentee Ballot

Mail  - 
Received by Election Day
Mail  - 
Request 1 day before Election Day, but recommended 7 days before Election Day
In Person  - 
Request 1 day before Election Day, but recommended 7 days before Election Day

Voter Registration

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

More Information

Party Affiliation

  • The South Dakota Constitution Primary is closed to only registered Constitution party voters.
  • 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 closed to only registered Libertarians.
  • The South Dakota Republican Primary is closed to only registered Republicans.

Absentee Voter Rules

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

Voter Identification

You must provide one of the following forms of photo ID when you vote early or on Election Day:

  • 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 when you vote early or on Election Day, you can fill out an affidavit confirming your identity and still be allowed to vote.