South Dakota


South Dakota is home of the Badlands and could also be the home of good voter turnout if you do your part this year. What if we told you that if you don't vote, we'd sign an executive order to replace Lincoln's face on Mt. Rushmore with Gilbert Gottfried's? Think about it, then learn what you need to know to vote this year before you decide you like that idea. South Dakota is holding its statewide primary and general elections on June 7 and November 8, respectively. Local elections will be taking place on April 12 as well. (Source: Ballot Ready)

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Key Dates

Apr 12

Local Elections

May 23

Primary Registration Deadline

Jun 6

Primary Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Jun 7

Primary Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

Apr 22 – Jun 6

Primary Early Voting (In-Person Absentee)

Jun 7

Primary Election

Nov 8

General Election

South Dakota Voter Guide

  • How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

    We're working with to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

    register here
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Sadly, no. So do it now! Then reward yourself with a cookie.

    register here
  • Do I have to be registered as a Democrat or Republican to vote in my primary?

    It depends. You must be registered as a Republican to vote in the Republican Party Primary. In addition to registered Democrats, unaffiliated voters may vote in the Democratic Party primaries.

  • Can I vote by mail?

    Yes! If you're registered you can request to have your ballot mailed to you, you just have to do that by June 6. Then, you can fill it out and return it by June 7. You can request your absentee ballot here.

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  • Can I vote early?

    Yes. You can vote in-person absentee from April 5th-April 22nd.

  • Do I need an ID?

    Yes, yes you do. A state driver's license or state ID card, federal ID, tribal card, an ID from high school or institution of higher school ID, all of it works. Get all the details below from VoteRiders.

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