Voter Registration in South Dakota
In order to register to vote in South Dakota and exercise your civic right, you need to be:
- A United States citizen.
- A South Dakota resident.
- 18 years old or older before the next election date.
Also, you can't be:
- Currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction that included imprisonment (served or suspended) in an adult penitentiary system.
- Mentally incompetent as determined by the court system.
If you're interested in voting in a particular election, you'll need to register at least 15 days before.
In South Dakota, you can register to vote in person or by mail. You'll receive confirmation from your county auditor that your registration application has been received. If you do not receive this confirmation within 15 days, please contact your county auditor.
You can register to vote in person at a variety of South Dakota locations, including:
- Your local county auditor's office.
- Your local driver licensing office.
- A city finance office.
- A public assistance agency that provides food stamps.
- Department of Human Services offices.
- Military recruitment agencies.
To do so, complete a South Dakota Registration Form (you can complete one at the office you visit, or download one and complete it beforehand). Turn it into your chosen agency; they will then forward it to your county auditor.
Of course, there are other ways to register to vote, cast an absentee ballot, or change your party affiliation. For details on these matters, visit the South Dakota Secretary of State's website.Other Topics in This SectionTrue or False
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