South Dakota allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person. South Dakota offers early voting.
Who can vote
You have to register to vote before Election Day in South Dakota.
To register in South Dakota you must:
To register in South Dakota you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- reside in South Dakota
- be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
- not be currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction which included imprisonment, served or suspended, in an adult penitentiary system
- not have been judged mentally incompetent by a court
- You can find more information on voting rights restoration here
Vote in person
Due to COVID-19, in-person services may have limited availability. Contact your local election office to confirm. See CDC guidance on safe in-person voting.
Vote on Election Day
Voters in South Dakota can look up where to vote on South Dakota's site.
South Dakota does offer early voting. There are no dates available right now, please check back later.
What to bring
- You will be asked to show photo ID to vote in South Dakota. Acceptable forms include: South Dakota driver's license or non-driver's ID card; US government photo ID (including a passport); US armed forces ID; current student photo ID from a South Dakota high school or South Dakota accredited institution of higher education; or a tribal photo ID.
- Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you can sign a personal identification affidavit and still be allowed to vote a regular ballot.
- For more information, please visit VoteRiders.
Vote by mail
Election Day registration
South Dakota does not offer registration on Election Day.
See what's on the ballot
Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting Ballotpedia.
Get step-by-step help
TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more. If you’d like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!
Military and overseas voters
Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA process is done by mail, but your state may offer other options to request and return ballots. Please contact your election official for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax, and state online portals. To follow the FPCA process:
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. .
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
- States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
- You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
- If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.The Federal Voting Assistance Program
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Election contact information for South Dakota
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