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    Voter Registration in South Dakota

    Voter registration in South Dakota is quick and easy. You'll just need to complete a brief form and submit it in person or by mail. You can even register to vote when you get your driver's license.

    Read below for more information about SD voter registration, including eligibility, deadlines, and ID requirements.

    Voter Registration Eligibility 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.

    Register to Vote in South Dakota

    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. you will need to register to vote 15 days before an election in order to vote.

    In Person

    You can register to vote in person at a variety of South Dakota locations, including:

    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.

    By Mail

    To register to vote by mail, complete the South Dakota Registration Form and mail it to your local county auditor's office. Remember that the deadline for registration is 15 days before Election Day.

    For more information about registering to vote or voting in South Dakota, visit the South Dakota Secretary of State's website.

    Deadline to Register in SD

    The county auditor or local election official must receive your voter registration form at least 15 days before the next election for you to be eligible to vote in that election.

    Out-of-State Voter Registration

    If you normally live in South Dakota but you are temporarily outside of the state, you can still register to vote.

    Your Legal Voting Residence can be the place where you lived before you left South Dakota or a permanent SD address, if you have one. Once you have registered to vote, you will vote by absentee ballot.

    Military and Overseas Voters

    You can print and mail the South Dakota Voter Registration Form to your County Auditor if you are a South Dakota resident who is:

    • Stationed outside of the state on military duty.
    • Living outside of SD as a military dependent.
      OR
    • Living overseas.

    You can also register to vote and request an absentee ballot through the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP).

    College Students

    If you are a South Dakota college student who is now attending school in another county or state, you have two options for voting:

    • Remain registered in your home state and vote with an absentee ballot.
      OR
    • Register in your new state.

    If you are an out-of-state student studying in South Dakota, you also have the choice of registering in South Dakota through your residence at school or maintaining your previous voter registration, as long as you consider your school address your primary residence.

    If you are interested in registering in South Dakota, see our section “Register to Vote in South Dakota” above.

    South Dakota Voter ID

    You must show a photo ID OR sign an affidavit when voting. The state accepts any of the following forms of ID:

    • A South Dakota driver’s license or a non-driver ID card.
    • A passport or other photo ID issued by the U.S. government.
    • A tribal photo ID.
    • A current student photo ID that has been issued by a South Dakota high school or postsecondary school.

    Alternatively, you can sign an affidavit if you do not have an acceptable form of ID.

    For more information about getting a SD driver’s license or non-driver ID card, see our pages Applying for a New License in South Dakota or Identification Cards in South Dakota.

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