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South Dakota allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person. South Dakota offers in-person absentee voting.

Who can register to vote?

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

How do I vote in person?

Vote on Election Day

Voters in South Dakota can look up where to vote on South Dakota's site.

Vote early

South Dakota does offer in-person absentee voting. Learn more about in-person absentee voting in South Dakota.

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
  • 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.

How do I vote by mail?

  1. Request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

Can I register to vote on Election Day?

South Dakota does not offer registration on Election Day.

What are key deadlines for the November 2022 election?

Registration deadlines

Absentee ballot deadlines

Voting deadlines


How do I see what's on my ballot?

Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting Ballotpedia.

How do I get help registering to vote?

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!

How do I vote if I'm in the military or live overseas?

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 local election office for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax, and state online portals. To follow the FPCA process:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your local election office may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your local election office.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible.
  4. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
  5. 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 local election office 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 offers additional information on military and overseas voting in South Dakota. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE (8683) or email vote@fvap.gov

How can I check my voter registration status?

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using South Dakota's voter registration lookup tool.


Can I trust this information?

These guides are researched, written, and updated by Democracy Works, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization. The information in these guides originates from official state sources and is reviewed by state election offices. The guides also link to authoritative state and local resources to provide additional information.

How do I report an issue with the information provided on this page?

Email htv@democracy.works with questions, concerns or feedback about the voting information on this page.