South Dakota | Voting Guide
Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
Voter Registration Deadline: received by the County Auditor 15 days before Election Day.
Official Election Websites
Register at School or Home
Students have a decision about where to register to vote.
You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?
South Dakota’s voter registration form asks for your South Dakota driver’s license or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
All voters who vote in-person must present identification. The acceptable forms of ID are:
A South Dakota driver’s license or non-driver identification card
U.S. government photo ID, including passport
Current student photo ID, issued by a high school or an accredited institution of higher education, including a university, college, or technical school, located within South Dakota
Tribal photo ID
If you are not able to present a form of personal identification, you may complete an affidavit and vote a regular ballot.
Where Do I Vote?
How Can I Vote?
Any registered voter may cast an absentee ballot in South Dakota
Contact your local election officials for a mail ballot. An absentee ballot application is available at: https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/assets/AbsenteeApplication_202012.PDF. Be sure to either get your application notarized or submit a copy of your valid ID (listed above) with your application when you mail it in.
In South Dakota, the County Election Official must receive your application for absentee ballot no later than 5 p.m. the day before the election
Your ballot must be received by the County Election Official by 7 p.m. on Election Day
You may apply to vote early iniperson at your County Auditor’s office once absentee voting begins 46 days before an election, until 5 p.m. on the day before Election Day.
Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you have the right to vote.
Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:
Federal Financial Aid
Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA.
Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes.
Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community.
Will registering to vote in South Dakota affect my driver’s license or car registration?
As a full-time student in South Dakota, you may have to make these changes regardless of whether you register to vote in South Dakota. For more information, you may wish to contact the South Dakota Motor Vehicle Division.
Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed South Dakota legal professional.
Last updated July 2021