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South Dakota Voting Guide

Welcome to FindLaw's South Dakota Voter Guide. In this article, we'll answer your questions about voting in the next South Dakota election, voter eligibility, voter registration, registration deadlines, mail-in and in-person voting, special accommodations for disabled South Dakota voters, and what you can do if you see illegal activity at the polls.

The voting process can be confusing, and the rules vary by state. Learn the general election information you'll need in our South Dakota Voting Guide.

Am I eligible to vote in South Dakota?

To be eligible to vote in South Dakota, you must meet specific criteria. The requirements you must meet for voting eligibility in South Dakota include:

  • You must be an American citizen
  • You must reside in South Dakota
  • All voters must be 18 years old by Election Day

You are not eligible to vote in South Dakota if:

  • You have a felony conviction and are currently serving a sentence
  • The South Dakota courts have declared you mentally incompetent

Once you complete your prison sentence, you regain your right to vote. If the judge suspends your sentence, you will retain your voting rights and can cast a regular ballot.

You can check your voting status on the South Dakota Secretary of State's website.


Where Do I Vote?

Enter your voter registration information into the South Dakota Secretary of State Voter Information Portal to find your local polling place, voter information, and a sample ballot. 

How To Register in South Dakota

There are several ways to register to vote in South Dakota. This includes registering:

In Person

You can register at several government offices, including your local County Auditor's Office and the Department of Human Services.


South Dakota law does not allow email registration. However, you can access the voter registration form online and submit it either in person or via mail.

At the DMV

Through automatic voter registration, you can register to vote as you are applying for a new or updated driver's license or permit.

By Mail

You can register by filling out a voter registration form, signing it, and submitting/mailing it to your local County Auditor.

South Dakota Voting Resources

Your vote counts. Take the time to learn how and when to vote.


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