Voting in
South Dakota

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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in South Dakota, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the South Dakota Election Website or call (605) 773-3537 to learn more about your states voting details.

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Important Dates - Presidential Primary

Primary Election Date
Primary Registration Deadline (by mail)
Primary Type (D)
Primary Type (R)

Voting Information for South Dakota

Don’t miss your next election!

South Dakota will hold its presidential and state primary on Jun. 2nd. Due to COVID-19 all South Dakotans who are registered to vote will receive applications to vote-by-mail. Applications will be sent to the address associated with the voter registration form. For more information see the Secretary of State’s Press Release.

Presidential Primaries

Only registered voters affiliated with the Republican Party may vote in its primary. Registered voters that are unaffiliated may vote in Democratic primary. See South Dakota Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for more details.

Statewide Primaries

Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: April 17th to June 1st at 3 p.m.

You can vote in person at your county clerk office from April 17th to June 1st at 3:00 pm, using an absentee ballot.

To vote absentee by mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot (click here) no later than June 1st at 5:00 p.m. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by the day before the election. A copy of your photo ID or, if you do not have one, a signed affidavit will be required when you vote by-mail.

The absentee ballot application period opens Jan.1st. You must submit an application for an absentee ballot by-mail for each election.

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Voter ID + Access for South Dakota

Do Voters Need ID?

  • Yes, voters need an ID
  • Multiple forms of ID accepted
  • First time voters need ID
  • Student IDs accepted
  • ID needed to vote absentee

More Chances to Register

Your state does not offer additional voter registration options outside of the deadlines listed above.


  • If you are 17 and will be 18 on or before the next election, you may register to vote.
Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.