Our right to vote is the most sacred duty we hold as United States citizens. It would be a shame if you missed your opportunity to vote because you didn’t know the important dates!
September 23: Absentee voting begins (see below for absentee info)
October 24: Voter registration deadline (make sure you’re registered before this date)
November 7: County Auditor will not accept absentee ballots after 5 p.m.
November 8: General Election Day! (Go and Vote!)
Absentee Voting by Mail
Did you know that all South Dakotans are eligible to vote by mailing an absentee ballot? It’s the most convenient way to vote, and you can get started now!
- Make sure you’re registered to vote—check your voter registration status here. If you’re not registered, you can click here to register to vote.
- Download and print the absentee ballot application.
- Fill out the application and mail to your County Auditor.
Once your County Auditor receives your application, they will send you a paper absentee ballot. Then you complete the ballot, and mail it back. That’s it!
For more information about absentee voting, visit the South Dakota Secretary of State.
Early Voting in Person
You can vote early any weekday between now and the day before the Election. In most counties, early voting takes place at your county auditor’s office. Find your early voting location here.
Simply visit the absentee voting location in your county during business hours, and cast your absentee ballot early!
You don’t need an excuse. Anyone can vote early, regardless of reason!
Election Day Voting Information
The 2016 General Election will be held on Tuesday Nov. 8th. Polls are open from 7 am to 7pm local time.
Find your polling place, check your voter registration status, and see your sample ballot here: https://sos.sd.gov/elections/VIPLogin.aspx