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Absentee Voting begins April 20th for South Dakota Primary Election





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, April 16, 2018
CONTACT: Kristin Gabriel at (605) 773-3537 or Kristin.Gabriel@state.sd.us 

PIERRE, SD – Absentee voting will begin for registered voters in South Dakota on Friday, April 20th, 46 days prior to the primary election to be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Registered voters can vote in person at their County Auditor’s office by bringing a photo Identification Card (ID) such as:

  • a South Dakota driver's license or nondriver identification card,
  • a passport or an identification card issued by an agency of the United States government,
  • a tribal identification card; or
  • a current student identification card issued by a high school or an accredited institution of higher education, including a university, college, or technical school, located within the State of South Dakota. 


If a voter does not have a photo ID, they must be given the option to sign a personal identification affidavit and vote a regular ballot.

Voters wishing to vote absentee by mail must fill out an absentee ballot application and have their signature notarized or provide a copy of their photo identification. Voters must mail or turn this application into their County Auditor’s office. The deadline to submit an absentee ballot application is Monday, June 4 at 5 PM.

To register to vote, fill out the voter registration form and mail or turn it in to your County Auditor. Your Voter Registration form must be received by the auditor 15 days before any election if you wish to vote in that election.

The Democrat primary election is open to registered Democrats and registered Independents or those with No Party Affiliation. Republicans have a closed primary and only registered Republicans will be able to participate in that primary election. All registered voters in South Dakota including those registered as Libertarian, Constitution and Other will be eligible for a ballot during the 2018 primary election due to Constitutional Amendment Y creating a Non-Political ballot statewide.

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Absentee Ballot Application Link: https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/assets/AbsenteeBallotApplication.pdf
Voter Registration Form Link: https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/assets/VoterRegistrationFormFillable.pdf