South Dakota

Population

884,659

Voting-Age Pop.

635,405

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 32 %
Trump 61 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 19, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com

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  • Online Registration

    No
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    No
  • ID Required
    Yes

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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Registered voters may request an absentee ballot.

Data source - sdsos.gov

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  • No, residents of South Dakota must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

No, residents of South Dakota must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

Applications must be received by: Nov 2, 5pm Chevron Icon

  • In South Dakota, the county election official must receive your application for absentee ballot no later than 5pm the day before the election.

Applications must be received by: Nov 2, 5pm

In South Dakota, the county election official must receive your application for absentee ballot no later than 5pm the day before the election.

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  • Sept 18: Absentee ballots are available 46 days prior to the general election.

When will I receive my ballot?

Sept 18: Absentee ballots are available 46 days prior to the general election.

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  • Your ballot must be received by your county election official on Election Day, in enough time to deliver your ballot to your voting precinct before the polls close.

Mail Send Icon Return ballot: Received by Nov 3, close of polls

Your ballot must be received by your county election official on Election Day, in enough time to deliver your ballot to your voting precinct before the polls close.

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  • You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.

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You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

South Dakota offers in-person absentee voting. Anytime during the 46-day absentee voting time frame, a voter may apply in person to the person in charge of the election for an absentee ballot during regular office hours up to 5pm the day prior to the election (Sept 18 to Nov 2.)


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

No

South Dakota's voter registration deadline is Oct 19.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

Yes

If you do not have a photo ID, you can sign a personal identification affidavit, and will still be allowed to vote a regular ballot.


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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - sdsos.gov

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • US Government Photo ID

    Passport is acceptable

  • US Armed Forces ID

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  • South Dakota Driver's License or Nondriver ID Card

  • Current Student Photo Identification Card

    From a South Dakota high school or South Dakota accredited institution of higher education

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  • Tribal Photo ID