South Dakota

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Federal Election Deadlines

State Primary June 3, 2014 State Primary Runoff August 12, 2014 General Election November 4, 2014
Registration May 19, 2014 July 28, 2014 October 20, 2014
Ballot Request 5 PM, June 2, 2014 5 PM, August 11, 2014 5 PM, November 3, 2014
Ballot Return 7 PM, June 3, 2014 7 PM, August 12, 2014 7 PM, November 4, 2014

These are not mailing deadlines. Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.

Important information

How can I register to vote as a military or overseas voter?

Fill out and mail the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to your local election office. This form allows election officials to identify you as a voter covered by UOCAVA (Federal law providing special protections).

What is my voting residence?

The place you consider your true, fixed and permanent home.

Do I need to claim a political party to vote in primary elections?

Yes. If you are a registered Republican, you can only vote in a Republican Primary. If you are registered Democratic, Independent or No Party Affiliation, you may vote in a Democratic Primary.

How can I submit my FPCA?

If you are already registered you may submit your FPCA by mail, email or fax to your local election official by mail.
If you are not already registered to vote, you must submit your FPCA by mail to your local election official by mail.

How often must I submit my FPCA?

The FPCA is good for the calendar year in which it is submitted. You should submit a new one every time your address changes or every year.

If I am currently registered to vote, how may I request an absentee ballot?

Fill out an FPCA or an Absentee Ballot Application form on sdsos.gov and return to your county auditor.

How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

You must return your voted ballot or FWAB by mail.

What must I do to use a FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections?

You must have submitted a ballot request or FPCA to your county auditor before you can use the FWAB to vote. You may use the FWAB to register and vote if it is received by the registration deadline. The FWAB may only be used to vote in Federal elections.

I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I register to vote in this State?

Any overseas citizen may register and vote in any Federal, State, county, or local election held within South Dakota under the following condition: (1) The overseas citizen, or the spouse or parent of the overseas citizen, was last domiciled in South Dakota immediately prior to departure from the United States (2) an adult child of the overseas citizen has not reached the age of 22.

Will I need a notary or witness for my FPCA or FWAB?

You do not need a notary or witness for your FPCA, however stateside Uniformed Service members and their eligible family members may choose to have their FPCA notarized if it is easier than providing a photocopy of one of the following: South Dakota Driver's License or non-driver ID card, passport or other picture ID issued by the U.S. Government, a tribal photo ID or a current student ID issued by a South Dakota high school or post-secondary education institution. Commissioned officers in the military service of the United States may sign instead of a notary.

You do not need a notary or witness for your FWAB.

Where can I find information about the candidates and/or other items that will be on my ballot?

Visit the Secretary of State's website at sdsos.gov.

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for all regularly scheduled Federal elections for the calendar year in which it is submitted. Voters should submit a new application after January 1 of each year to qualify for all upcoming Federal elections.

Complete the following blocks of the FPCA

Block 1

Select the category that describes you.

Block 2

To vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party affiliation. If you want to change your political party affiliation, mail a completed FPCA indicating your new party preference to the local election official to be received no later than 15 days prior to the election. Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle).

Block 4

Date of Birth

Your valid South Dakota Driver's License number is required for voter registration. If you do not have a South Dakota Driver's License, enter the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not possess either of these identification numbers, you must register at the County Auditor's office and sign a statement saying you do not have either number.

Block 5

Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

South Dakota allows you to receive your blank ballot by mail or email. Your absentee ballot cannot be sent to you by fax. Please rank your preference of how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. If you choose to receive your blank ballot by email, you must provide your email address in Block 5. Please ensure that this email address does not block or filter emails forwarded from your county election official. In the event that your ballot cannot be delivered via email, your local election official will mail your ballot to the address in Block 8. If no address is provided, your ballot would then be sent to your voter registration address in South Dakota.

Block 7

Complete street address of your South Dakota voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the county where you claim legal voting residence.

Block 8

Complete address where you want your ballot sent, usually where you currently live now.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this application.

Affirmation

Sign and date.

Stateside Uniformed Service members and their eligible family members must provide a photocopy of one of the following:

  • a South Dakota Driver's License or non-driver ID card
  • a passport or other picture ID issued by the U.S. government
  • a tribal photo ID
  • a current student photo ID issued by a South Dakota high school or post secondary education institution

Should notarization of the stateside military voter's signature be easier to obtain than a photocopy of the ID, a notarized absentee ballot application may be submitted. The notarization/oath on the absentee ballot application can be administered by any commissioned officer in the military service of the United States.

Overseas Uniformed Service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens are not required to have a witness or notarization, nor are they required to include a photocopy of their identification.

How and where to submit your FPCA

South Dakota allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax if you are already registered. If you are not registered, you must submit the form by mail. Please also see the ID photocopy requirement in the "Affirmation" section in the FPCA instructions.

If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to your local election office. Addresses can be found at the end of this section or at sdsos.gov.

If you choose to email your FPCA, you should send the signed form as a scanned attachment. Email directly to your local election office. Email addresses can be found at the end of this section or at sdsos.gov.

If you choose to fax your FPCA, it is recommended that you fax the signed form directly to your local election official. Fax numbers can be found at the end of this section or sdsos.gov.You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FPCA toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

To find out the status of your registration, contact your local election office or refer to South Dakota's voter registration verification website which can be found at https://sdsos.gov/elections/viplogin.aspx.

In addition to your registration information, this site also provides you with tracking information regarding your voting materials - the date your absentee ballot application was received, the date the absentee ballot was sent to you either by mail or email, and the date your voted absentee ballot was received by your election official.

Your jurisdiction will contact you if your registration is denied.

Voting by citizens who have never lived in the U.S.

Any overseas citizen may register and vote in any Federal, State, county, or local election held within South Dakota under the following condition: (1) The overseas citizen, or the spouse or parent of the overseas citizen, was last domiciled in South Dakota immediately prior to departure from the United States (2) an adult child of the overseas citizen has not reached the age of 22.

Voting your ballot

Voted ballots must be received by the local election office by the close of the polls on Election Day.

No witness or notary is required on voted ballots.

Voted ballots must be returned by mail.

Overseas Uniformed Service members should request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DOD applied to their ballot materials at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). This label provides free express mail service to your local election official for voted ballots mailed on or before the general election date. You retain a portion of the label for tracking your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service.

Tracking your ballot

You may track the status of your ballot at https://sdsos.gov/elections/viplogin.aspx.

Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

South Dakota allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for registration and voting in primary, special and general elections for Federal office. Feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election if you have already requested your absentee ballot. If you are using the FWAB to register and vote, it must be received by the registration deadline.

Complete the following blocks of the FWAB's voter declaration/affirmation

Block 1

South Dakota allows you to use this form for registration.

Block 2

Select the category that describes you.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle).

Block 4

Date of Birth

Block 5

Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

Not required.

Block 7

Complete street address of your South Dakota voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the county where you claim legal voting residence.

Block 8

Enter your current mailing address.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this ballot or application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

Vote your FWAB

To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to sdsos.gov. For each office for which you vote, write in either a candidate's name or a political party designation. Once the ballot is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope.

How and where to submit your FWAB

South Dakota allows you to submit the FWAB by mail. Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to your local election official. Contact information for your county auditor is available at sdsos.gov.

The deadlines for submitting the FWAB are the same as for State absentee ballots. If you receive the State ballot after submitting the voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State ballot. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the State ballot will be counted.

You may check the status of the absentee ballot process by referring to South Dakota's Voter Information Portal at https://sdsos.gov/elections/viplogin.aspx. The site tracks the date your absentee ballot application was received, the date the absentee ballot was sent to you either by mail or email and the date your voted absentee ballot was received by your election official.

Local election offices for county

If you cannot find information for your jurisdiction, please click on the LEO Search to find contact information.

County Mailing Address
Aurora Aurora County Auditor
PO Box 397
Plankinton, SD 57368-0397
Phone: 605-942-7752 Fax: 605-942-7746
Beadle Beadle County Auditor
450 3rd St SW, Suite 201
Huron, SD 57350
Phone: 605-353-8400 Fax: 605-353-8402
Bennett Bennett County Auditor
PO Box 460
Martin, SD 57551-0460
Phone: 605-685-6931 Fax: 605-685-6311
Bon Homme Bon Homme County Auditor
PO Box 605
Tyndall, SD 57066-0605
Phone: 605-589-4212 Fax: 605-589-4202
Brookings Brookings County Auditor
520 3rd St.
Brookings, SD 57006
Phone: 605-696-8200 Fax: 605-696-8211
Brown Brown County Auditor
25 Market Street, Suite 1
Aberdeen, SD 57401-4293
Phone: 605-626-7110 Fax: 605-626-4010
Brule Brule County Auditor
300 S. Courtland, Suite 103
Chamberlain, SD 57325-1599
Phone: 605-234-4430 Fax: 605-234-4430
Buffalo Buffalo County Auditor
PO Box 146
Gann Valley, SD 57341-0146
Phone: 605-293-3217 Fax: 605-293-3240
Butte Butte County Auditor
839 Fifth Avenue
Belle Fourche, SD 57717-1719
Phone: 605-892-4485 Fax: 605-892-4525
Campbell Campbell County Auditor
PO Box 37
Mound City, SD 57646-0037
Phone: 605-955-3366 Fax: 605-955-3308
Charles Mix Charles Mix County Auditor
PO Box 490
Lake Andes, SD 57356-0490
Phone: 605-487-7131 Fax: 605-487-7221
Clark Clark County Auditor
PO Box 294
Clark, SD 57225-0294
Phone: 605-532-5921 Fax: 605-532-5931
Clay Clay County Auditor
211 West Main, Suite 200
Vermillion, SD 57069-2039
Phone: 605-677-7120 Fax: 605-677-7104
Codington Codington County Auditor
14 First Avenue, SE
Watertown, SD 57201-3611
Phone: 605-882-6297 Fax: 605-882-6288
Corson Corson County Auditor
PO Box 255
McIntosh, SD 57641-0255
Phone: 605-273-4229 Fax: 605-273-4233
Custer Custer County Auditor
420 Mt. Rushmore Road
Custer, SD 57730-1934
Phone: 605-673-8173 Fax: 605-673-8150
Davison Davison County Auditor
200 East 4th Street
Mitchell, SD 57301-2692
Phone: 605-995-8608 Fax: 605-995-8618
Day Day County Auditor
711 West 1st Street
Webster, SD 57274-1364
Phone: 605-345-9500 Fax: 605-345-9515
Deuel Deuel County Auditor
PO Box 616
Clear Lake, SD 57226-0616
Phone: 605-874-2312 Fax: 605-874-1306
Dewey Dewey County Auditor
PO Box 277
Timber Lake, SD 57656-0277
Phone: 605-865-3672 Fax: 605-865-3691
Douglas Douglas County Auditor
PO Box 159
Armour, SD 57313-0159
Phone: 605-724-2423 Fax: 605-724-2204
Edmunds Edmunds County Auditor
PO Box 97
Ipswich, SD 57451-0097
Phone: 605-426-6762 Fax: 605-426-6164
Fall River Fall River County Auditor
906 North River Street
Hot Springs, SD 57747-1398
Phone: 605-745-5130 Fax: 605-745-6835
Faulk Faulk County Auditor
PO Box 309
Faulkton, SD 57438-0309
Phone: 605-598-6224 Fax: 605-598-6680
Grant Grant County Auditor
210 East Fifth Avenue
Milbank, SD 57252-2499
Phone: 605-432-6711 Fax: 605-432-9004
Gregory Gregory County Auditor
PO Box 437
Burke, SD 57523-0413
Phone: 605-775-2664 Fax: 605-775-2596
Haakon Haakon County Auditor
PO Box 698
Philip, SD 57567-0698
Phone: 605-859-2800 Fax: 605-859-2801
Hamlin Hamlin County Auditor
PO Box 237
Hayti, SD 57241-0237
Phone: 605-783-3201 Fax: 605-783-3201
Hand Hand County Auditor
415 West First Avenue
Miller, SD 57362-1346
Phone: 605-853-2182 Fax: 605-853-2769
Hanson Hanson County Auditor
PO Box 500
Alexandria, SD 57311-0500
Phone: 605-239-4714 Fax: 605-239-4296
Harding Harding County Auditor
PO Box 26
Buffalo, SD 57720-0026
Phone: 605-375-3313 Fax: 605-375-3318
Hughes Hughes County Auditor
104 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-2591
Phone: 605-773-7451 Fax: 605-773-7479
Hutchinson Hutchinson County Auditor
140 Euclid, Room 128
Olivet, SD 57052-0128
Phone: 605-387-4212 Fax: 605-387-4209
Hyde Hyde County Auditor
PO Box 379
Highmore, SD 57345-0379
Phone: 605-852-2519 Fax: 605-852-3178
Jackson Jackson County Auditor
PO Box 280
Kadoka, SD 57543-0280
Phone: 605-837-2422 Fax: 605-837-2447
Jerauld Jerauld County Auditor
PO Box 422
Wessington Springs, SD 57382-0422
Phone: 605-539-9301 Fax: 605-539-9125
Jones Jones County Auditor
PO Box 307
Murdo, SD 57559-0307
Phone: 605-669-7100 Fax: 605-669-7120
Kingsbury Kingsbury County Auditor
PO Box 196
Desmet, SD 57231-0196
Phone: 605-854-3832 Fax: 605-854-3833
Lake Lake County Auditor
200 East Center
Madison, SD 57042-2941
Phone: 605-256-7600 Fax: 605-256-7622
Lawrence Lawrence County Auditor
90 Sherman Street
Deadwood, SD 57732-0678
Phone: 605-578-1941 Fax: 605-578-1065
Lincoln Lincoln County Auditor
104 North Main, Suite 110
Canton, SD 57013-1703
Phone: 605-764-2581 Fax: 605-764-0134
Lyman Lyman County Auditor
PO Box 38
Kennebec, SD 57544-0038
Phone: 605-869-2247 Fax: 605-869-2203
Marshall Marshall County Auditor
PO Box 130
Britton, SD 57430-0130
Phone: 605-448-2401 Fax: 605-448-2116
McCook McCook County Auditor
PO Box 190
Salem, SD 57058-0190
Phone: 605-425-2791 Fax: 605-425-2534
McPherson McPherson County Auditor
PO Box 390
Leola, SD 57456-0448
Phone: 605-493-3314 Fax: 605-493-3394
Meade Meade County Auditor
1300 Sherman St
Sturgis, SD 57785
Phone: 605-347-2360 Fax: 605-347-5925
Mellette Mellette County Auditor
PO Box C
White River, SD 57579-0403
Phone: 605-259-3291 Fax: 605-259-3194
Miner Miner County Auditor
401 N. Main
Howard, SD 57349-0086
Phone: 605-772-4671 Fax: 605-772-4203
Minnehaha Minnehaha County Auditor
415 North Dakota Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104-2465
Phone: 605-367-4220 Fax: 605-367-7409
Moody Moody County Auditor
101 E. Pipestone Avenue, Suite D
Flandreau, SD 57028-1750
Phone: 605-997-3161 Fax: 605-997-9996
Pennington Pennington County Auditor
130 Kansas City Street, Suite 230
Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone: 605-394-2153 Fax: 605-394-6840
Perkins Perkins County Auditor
PO Box 126
Bison, SD 57620-0126
Phone: 605-244-5624 Fax: 605-244-7289
Potter Potter County Auditor
201 South Exene
Gettysburg, SD 57442-1521
Phone: 605-765-9408 Fax: 605-765-2836
Roberts Roberts County Auditor
411 2nd Avenue, E.
Sisseton, SD 57262-1495
Phone: 605-698-7336 Fax: 605-698-4277
Sanborn Sanborn County Auditor
PO Box 7
Woonsocket, SD 57385-0007
Phone: 605-796-4513 Fax: 605-796-4509
Shannon Shannon County Auditor
906 North River Street
Hot Springs, SD 57747-1398
Phone: 605-745-5130 Fax: 605-745-6835
Spink Spink County Auditor
210 East 7th Avenue
Redfield, SD 57469-1266
Phone: 605-472-4580 Fax: 605-472-4582
Stanley Stanley County Auditor
PO Box 595
Fort Pierre, SD 57532-0595
Phone: 605-223-7780 Fax: 605-223-7791
Sully Sully County Auditor
PO Box 265
Onida, SD 57564-0265
Phone: 605-258-2541 Fax: 605-258-2884
Todd Tripp County Auditor
200 East 3rd
Winner, SD 57580-1806
Phone: 605-842-3727 Fax: 605-842-3621
Tripp Todd County Auditor
200 East 3rd
Winner, SD 57580-1806
Phone: 605-842-3727 Fax: 605-842-1116
Turner Turner County Auditor
PO Box 370
Parker, SD 57053-0370
Phone: 605-297-3153 Fax: 605-297-5556
Union Union County Auditor
209 E. Main Street, Suite 200
Elk Point, SD 57025-2327
Phone: 605-356-2101 Fax: 605-356-3047
Walworth Walworth County Auditor
PO Box 199
Selby, SD 57472-0199
Phone: 605-649-7878 Fax: 605-649-7867
Yankton Yankton County Auditor
PO Box 137
Yankton, SD 57078-0137
Phone: 605-260-4400 Fax: 605-260-4494
Ziebach Ziebach County Auditor
PO Box 68
Dupree, SD 57623-0068
Phone: 605-365-5157 Fax: 605-365-5204