South Dakota

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Federal Election Deadlines

Presidential Primary June 7, 2016 State Primary June 7, 2016 State Primary Runoff August 16, 2016 General Election November 8, 2016
Registration Received by 5 PM, May 23, 2016 Received by 5 PM, May 23, 2016 Received by 5 PM, August 1, 2016 Received by 5 PM, October 24, 2016
Ballot Request Received by 5 PM, June 6, 2016 Received by 5 PM, June 6, 2016 Received by 5 PM, August 15, 2016 Received by 5 PM, November 7, 2016
Ballot Return Received by 7 PM, June 7, 2016 Received by 7 PM, June 7, 2016 Received by 7 PM, August 16, 2016 Received by 7 PM, November 8, 2016

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

What is UOCAVA?

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act is commonly referred to as UOCAVA. UOCAVA citizens are U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members and other U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. The law provides the legal basis for absentee voting requirements for federal offices.

What is the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)?

The FPCA (federal form SF 76) allows UOCAVA citizens to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. This form is also used to update your contact information.

What is the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

The FWAB (federal form SF 186) serves as an emergency backup ballot for UOCAVA citizens. If you do not receive your absentee ballot from your State in time to return it to your election official to participate in the election, use the FWAB.

What is the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS)*?

The DoD ETS allows you to email or fax your election materials toll-free. To email your election materials using ETS, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or online at FVAP.gov and email to ETS@FVAP.gov. To fax your election materials using ETS, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or online 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 in the Appendix of the Voting Assistance Guide or online at FVAP.gov.

* DISCLAIMER: The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) provides an Electronic Transmission Service to assist you with transmitting your election materials. FVAP does not guarantee the acceptance or processing of your materials by your election official. As a user of this service, we encourage you to contact your election official directly to verify whether your information was received timely.

What is the Prepaid Mail Label 11- DoD?

Overseas Uniformed Service members can use this label for general election absentee ballots. It provides free express mail service to your election official for general election absentee ballots. You can request to have a Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to your absentee ballot at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). A portion of the label is kept by you for tracking your absentee ballot through the U.S. postal service.

What is a primary election?

A primary election is an election held before the general election to determine the candidates that can be placed on the general election ballot.

What is a runoff election?

A runoff election is an election held if the State requires that a candidate receive a certain percentage of the votes in order to advance to a general election or take public office.

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

A U.S. citizen who has never resided in the U.S. and has a parent, legal guardian or spouse that was last domiciled in South Dakota is eligible to vote in South Dakota as long as he or she has not registered or voted in another State.

I am a National Guardsman activated on State orders; does my State afford me UOCAVA privileges?

No.

Does my State have any online tools?

You can see if your State has any online tools available here:
http://www.fvap.gov/south-dakota

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
https://sos.sd.gov/Elections/VIPLogin.aspx

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

Under federal law, the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for a minimum of all federal elections in the current calendar year. Be sure to complete a new FPCA each year and every time your address changes.

Complete the following blocks of the FPCA

Block 1

Select the category that best describes you.

Block 2

To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party ballot you want to receive. Political party affiliation is not required if requesting an absentee ballot for general elections.

Block 3

Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.

Block 4

Your date of birth is required.

You must provide either a State issued ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have either of these numbers you must enter in Block 9: "I do not have a social security number or State issued ID number."

Block 5

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you in order to accept your FPCA. If you want to receive your absentee ballot by email/online or fax, you must provide your email address or fax number.

Block 6

You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Rank your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.

Block 7

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Block 9 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Block 8

Enter your current mailing address, even if you are requesting your ballot by email/online or fax. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use Block 9 to provide this information

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist your election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots.

Stateside Uniformed Service members and their eligible family members must provide a photocopy of a valid form of personal ID with your picture: (1) A State issued ID card; (2) A passport or government issued ID card; (3) A tribal ID card; or (4) A current student identification card. If you cannot provide a copy of your ID, then the FPCA must be notarized.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

You can submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Mail your FPCA: Once your FPCA is complete, mail your FPCA directly to your election official.

E-Mail your FPCA: Scan the signed FPCA into your computer. Be sure to also include the Electronic Transmission Sheet. Email this package directly to your election official. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS)* to email your FPCA. Information about ETS can be found in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Fax your FPCA: Fax your FPCA directly to your election official. Be sure to also include the Electronic Transmission Sheet. You may use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS)* to fax your FPCA toll-free. Instructions for ETS are in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

To find out the status of your FPCA, contact your election official. Your election official will contact you if your FPCA is not accepted.

* DISCLAIMER: The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) provides an Electronic Transmission Service to assist you with transmitting your election materials. FVAP does not guarantee the acceptance or processing of your materials by your election official. As a user of this service, we encourage you to contact your election official directly to verify whether your information was received timely.

Voting your ballot

Once you receive your absentee ballot from your State it must be returned according to the deadlines and requirements in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart. For special federal elections, visit FVAP.gov for specific deadlines.

The State absentee ballot must be mailed to your election official. The address of your election official can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section. Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section.

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

You must be registered to vote and have already requested a State absentee ballot in order to use the FWAB.

You can use the FWAB to vote in federal elections.

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

Block 1

Do not check this box. The FWAB cannot be used for voter registration or as a ballot request.

Block 2

Select the category that best describes you.

Block 3

Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.

Block 4

Your date of birth is required.

You must provide either a State issued ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have either of these numbers you must enter in Block 9: "I do not have a social security number or State issued ID number."

Block 5

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you to accept your FWAB.

Block 6

To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party primary in which you are voting. Political party affiliation is not required if voting an absentee ballot in general elections.

Block 7

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Block 9 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Block 8

Enter your current mailing address. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use Block 9 for this information.

Block 9

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

Stateside Uniformed Service members and their eligible family members must provide a photocopy of a valid form of personal ID with your picture: (1) A State issued ID card; (2) A passport or government issued ID card; (3) A tribal ID card; or (4) A current student identification card. If you cannot provide a copy of your ID, then the FPCA must be notarized.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

Vote your FWAB

To vote, write in either a candidate's name or political party for each office. You are not required to make a selection for each and every contest.

How and where to submit your FWAB

The FWAB must be mailed to your election official. Addresses can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Mail your FWAB: Once your FWAB is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal the envelope. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope. Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/ Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to your election official. Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

See the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart for the deadline for submitting the FWAB. If you receive the State absentee ballot after transmitting your voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State absentee ballot. If both are received by the deadline, only the State absentee ballot will be counted.

Local election offices for county

County Mailing Address
Aurora Aurora County Auditor
P.O. Box 397
Plankinton, SD 57368-0397
Phone: (605) 942-7752
Fax: (605) 942-7746
Beadle Beadle County Auditor
450 3rd St SW, Ste 201
Huron, SD 57350
Phone: (605) 353-8400
Fax: (605) 353-8402
Bennett Bennett County Auditor
P.O. Box 460
Martin, SD 57551-0460
Phone: (605) 685-6931
Fax: (605) 685-6311
Bon Homme Bon Homme County Auditor
P.O. Box 605
Tyndall, SD 57066-0605
Phone: (605) 589-4212
Fax: (605) 589-4202
Brookings Brookings County Auditor
520 3rd St, Ste 100
Brookings, SD 57006
Phone: (605) 696-8250
Fax: (605) 696-8259
Brown Brown County Auditor
25 Market St, Ste 1
Aberdeen, SD 57401-4293
Phone: (605) 626-7110
Fax: (605) 626-4010
Brule Brule County Auditor
300 S Courtland, Ste 103
Chamberlain, SD 57325-1599
Phone: (605) 234-4430
Fax: (605) 234-4430
Buffalo Buffalo County Auditor
P.O. Box 146
Gann Valley, SD 57341-0146
Phone: (605) 293-3217
Fax: (605) 293-3240
Butte Butte County Auditor
839 Fifth Ave
Belle Fourche, SD 57717-1719
Phone: (605) 892-4485
Fax: (605) 892-4525
Campbell Campbell County Auditor
P.O. Box 37
Mound City, SD 57646-0037
Phone: (605) 955-3366
Fax: (605) 955-3308
Charles Mix Charles Mix County Auditor
P.O. Box 490
Lake Andes, SD 57356-0490
Phone: (605) 487-7131
Fax: (605) 487-7221
Clark Clark County Auditor
P.O. Box 294
Clark, SD 57225-0294
Phone: (605) 532-5921
Fax: (605) 532-5931
Clay Clay County Auditor
211 W Main St, Ste 200
Vermillion, SD 57069-2039
Phone: (605) 677-7120
Fax: (605) 677-7109
Codington Codington County Auditor
14 First Ave SE
Watertown, SD 57201-3611
Phone: (605) 882-6297
Fax: (605) 882-6288
Corson Corson County Auditor
P.O. Box 255
McIntosh, SD 57641-0255
Phone: (605) 273-4229
Fax: (605) 273-4233
Custer Custer County Auditor
420 Mt Rushmore Rd
Custer, SD 57730-1934
Phone: (605) 673-8173
Fax: (605) 673-8150
Davison Davison County Auditor
200 E 4th St
Mitchell, SD 57301-2692
Phone: (605) 995-8608
Fax: (605) 995-8618
Day Day County Auditor
711 W 1st St
Webster, SD 57274-1364
Phone: (605) 345-9500
Fax: (605) 345-9515
Deuel Deuel County Auditor
P.O. Box 616
Clear Lake, SD 57226-0616
Phone: (605) 874-2312
Fax: (605) 874-1306
Dewey Dewey County Auditor
P.O. Box 277
Timber Lake, SD 57656-0277
Phone: (605) 865-3672
Fax: (605) 865-3691
Douglas Douglas County Auditor
P.O. Box 159
Armour, SD 57313-0159
Phone: (605) 724-2423
Fax: (605) 724-2204
Edmunds Edmunds County Auditor
P.O. Box 97
Ipswich, SD 57451-0097
Phone: (605) 426-6762
Fax: (605) 426-6164
Fall River Fall River County Auditor
906 N River St
Hot Springs, SD 57747-1398
Phone: (605) 745-5130
Fax: (605) 745-6835
Faulk Faulk County Auditor
P.O. Box 309
Faulkton, SD 57438-0309
Phone: (605) 598-6224
Fax: (605) 598-6680
Grant Grant County Auditor
210 E Fifth Ave
Milbank, SD 57252-2499
Phone: (605) 432-6711
Fax: (605) 432-9004
Gregory Gregory County Auditor
P.O. Box 437
Burke, SD 57523-0413
Phone: (605) 775-2664
Fax: (605) 775-2596
Haakon Haakon County Auditor
P.O. Box 698
Philip, SD 57567-0698
Phone: (605) 859-2800
Fax: (605) 859-2801
Hamlin Hamlin County Auditor
P.O. Box 237
Hayti, SD 57241-0237
Phone: (605) 783-3201
Fax: (605) 783-3201
Hand Hand County Auditor
415 W First Ave
Miller, SD 57362-1346
Phone: (605) 853-2182
Fax: (605) 853-2769
Hanson Hanson County Auditor
P.O. Box 500
Alexandria, SD 57311-0500
Phone: (605) 239-4714
Fax: (605) 239-4296
Harding Harding County Auditor
P.O. Box 26
Buffalo, SD 57720-0026
Phone: (605) 375-3313
Fax: (605) 375-3318
Hughes Hughes County Auditor
104 E Capitol Ave
Pierre, SD 57501-2591
Phone: (605) 773-7451
Fax: (605) 773-7479
Hutchinson Hutchinson County Auditor
140 Euclid, Rm 128
Olivet, SD 57052-0128
Phone: (605) 387-4212
Fax: (605) 387-4209
Hyde Hyde County Auditor
P.O. Box 379
Highmore, SD 57345-0379
Phone: (605) 852-2519
Fax: (605) 852-3178
Jackson Jackson County Auditor
P.O. Box 280
Kadoka, SD 57543-0280
Phone: (605) 837-2422
Fax: (605) 837-2447
Jerauld Jerauld County Auditor
P.O. Box 422
Wessington Springs, SD 57382-0422
Phone: (605) 539-9301
Fax: (605) 539-9125
Jones Jones County Auditor
P.O. Box 307
Murdo, SD 57559-0307
Phone: (605) 669-7100
Fax: (605) 669-7120
Kingsbury Kingsbury County Auditor
P.O. Box 196
Desmet, SD 57231-0196
Phone: (605) 854-3832
Fax: (605) 854-3833
Lake Lake County Auditor
200 E Center
Madison, SD 57042-2941
Phone: (605) 256-7600
Fax: (605) 256-7622
Lawrence Lawrence County Auditor
P.O. Box F
Deadwood, SD 57732-0678
Phone: (605) 578-1941
Fax: (605) 578-1065
Lincoln Lincoln County Auditor
104 N Main, Ste 110
Canton, SD 57013-1703
Phone: (605) 764-2581
Fax: (605) 764-0134
Lyman Lyman County Auditor
P.O. Box 38
Kennebec, SD 57544-0038
Phone: (605) 869-2247
Fax: (605) 869-2203
Marshall Marshall County Auditor
P.O. Box 130
Britton, SD 57430-0130
Phone: (605) 448-2401
Fax: (605) 448-2116
McCook McCook County Auditor
P.O. Box 190
Salem, SD 57058-0190
Phone: (605) 425-2791
Fax: (605) 425-2534
McPherson McPherson County Auditor
P.O. Box 390
Leola, SD 57456-0448
Phone: (605) 439-3314
Fax: (605) 439-3394
Meade Meade County Auditor
1300 Sherman St, Ste 126
Sturgis, SD 57785
Phone: (605) 347-2360
Fax: (605) 720-6624
Mellette Mellette County Auditor
P.O. Box C
White River, SD 57579-0403
Phone: (605) 259-3291
Fax: (605) 259-3194
Miner Miner County Auditor
P.O. Box 86
Howard, SD 57349-0086
Phone: (605) 772-4671
Fax: (605) 772-4821
Minnehaha Minnehaha County Auditor
415 N Dakota Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104-2465
Phone: (605) 367-4220
Fax: (605) 367-7409
Moody Moody County Auditor
101 E Pipestone Ave, Ste D
Flandreau, SD 57028-1750
Phone: (605) 997-3161
Fax: (605) 997-9996
Pennington Pennington County Auditor
130 Kansas City St. 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 S Exene
Gettysburg, SD 57442-1521
Phone: (605) 765-9408
Fax: (605) 765-2332
Roberts Roberts County Auditor
411 2nd Ave 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 Oglala Lakota County Auditor
906 N River St
Hot Springs, SD 57747-1398
Phone: (605) 745-5130
Fax: (605) 745-6835
Spink Spink County Auditor
210 E 7th Ave, Ste 5
Redfield, SD 57469-1266
Phone: (605) 472-4580
Fax: (605) 472-4582
Stanley Stanley County Auditor
P.O. Box 595
Fort Pierre, SD 57532-0595
Phone: (605) 223-7780
Fax: (605) 223-7791
Sully Sully County Auditor
P.O. 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
P.O. Box 370
Parker, SD 57053-0370
Phone: (605) 297-3153
Fax: (605) 297-5556
Union Union County Auditor
209 E Main St, Ste 200
Elk Point, SD 57025-2327
Phone: (605) 356-2101
Fax: (605) 356-3047
Walworth Walworth County Auditor
P.O. Box 199
Selby, SD 57472-0199
Phone: (605) 649-7878
Fax: (605) 649-7867
Yankton Yankton County Auditor
321 W 3rd St, Ste 100
Yankton, SD 57078-0137
Phone: (605) 260-4436
Fax: (605) 260-4494
Ziebach Ziebach County Auditor
P.O. Box 68
Dupree, SD 57623-0068
Phone: (605) 365-5157
Fax: (605) 365-5204