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Early &
Mail-in Voting
in South Dakota

Warning: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it's submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in South Dakota.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote Early In Person
09/18/2020
Early Voting Begins
11/02/2020
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

11/02/2020
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/03/2020
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

In-Person Absentee Voting

You can vote in-person absentee in your state.

To vote in person with an absentee ballot, request, fill out, and return your ballot while at your county auditor's office.

How Vote By Mail Works in South Dakota

Voting by mail is a two step process in South Dakota. Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is Nov. 2nd at 5 p.m. - but you must request well before that to allow for time to mail.

  • Include a copy of a valid photo ID or a notarized oath with your application.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
  • Return in person to your local election office by Nov. 3rd.
  • Or stamp and mail your ballot so that it is received by Nov. 3rd. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable. The best intentions or postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after Nov. 3rd - your ballot will not count.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

You may vote by mail for any reason

You don’t need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You can vote by mail for any reason.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

After you complete your ballot, be sure to sign your absentee ballot return envelope.  Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.

Use The Right Form of ID

South Dakota voters must show valid photo ID when voting in person. Info here on what qualifies. When you apply to vote by mail, you must submit a copy of your photo ID or a notarized oath with your request.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

You must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

In Person

  • Local elections office
Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Your state does not offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will not count if it is late, or you do not follow directions.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you would like to vote in person, go to your polling site and vote on Election Day. The poll workers will verify that your absentee ballot was never submitted.

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in South Dakota

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.


Voting Info for South Dakota First Time Voter Info