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South Dakota: Latest Election & Voting Updates

Last updated Thursday, May 21, 2020 6:43 PM ET

Important News

  • April 10, 2020 South Dakota will Mail Absentee Ballot Applications to Voters

    South Dakota's Secretary of State announced that his office will mail absentee ballot applications to all registered voters, except those that have already applied for the 2020 election cycle or voters in counties sending applications on their own.

  • March 31, 2020 Official Update New Law Postpones Election Dates

    South Dakota passed a law requiring that any election scheduled to be held from April 14 through May 26 be postponed in the interest of public health and safety. The law also states that the absentee voting period for any postponed election must be extended until the day before the election is held. 

  • March 18, 2020 South Dakota Encourages Absentee Voting

    The South Dakota Secretary of State is encouraging voters to utilize absentee ballots in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • March 9, 2020 CDC Recommendations for Election Polling Locations
  1. Monday, May 18, 2020

    Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline

  2. Monday, June 1, 2020

    Primary Election Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

    Absentee ballot applications must be received by the county election official no later than 5pm on the day before the election.

  3. Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    Primary Election Day

  4. Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    Primary Election Absentee Ballot Deadline

    Completed absentee ballots for the primary election 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.

  5. Monday, October 19, 2020

    General Election Voter Registration Deadline

  6. Monday, November 2, 2020

    General Election Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

    Absentee ballot applications must be received by the county election official no later than 5pm on the day before the election.

  7. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Election Day

  8. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    General Election Absentee Ballot Deadline

    Completed absentee ballots for the general election 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.

vote absentee icon. How to vote absentee in South Dakota

South Dakota allows all registered voters to vote absentee for any reason.

Take Action to Support Safe & Secure Elections in South Dakota

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