Voting in South Dakota during COVID-19

Election Day is Nov. 3, 2020. To vote in the General Election, you must be registered to vote by Oct. 19, 2020.

Verify your registration by clicking here. If you're wondering who is on your ballot and what you're able to vote for, click here to get a sample ballot. 

Absentee voting (or vote by mail) 

Voting absentee might be the best way for South Dakotans to safely and effectively participate in the political process during COVID-19. To vote absentee, you can request a ballot by sending in an absentee request form (linked below) or by emailing your county auditor to get a form sent to you. When you get your ballot, fill it out immediately and mail it back the same day. Please note that the post marked date on your ballot doesn't have significance here, your ballot must be in the hands of the election official in enough time to deliver to the polling location on election day.

Voting in person or voting early 

Find your polling place ahead of time to cast your ballot in person on Election Day. South Dakotans registered to vote in the General Election can vote early at their county auditor's office during office hours. Check with your local auditor for times and locations. 

Put these dates in your phone or write them down on a post-it 

  • Sept. 18: absentee ballots start being mailed out to those who requested them
  • Oct. 19: deadline to register/update registration in order to participate in the General Election 
  • Nov. 3: Election Day