How to Register to Vote in South Dakota

Voter Registration How to Register to Vote in South Dakota

How to Register to Vote in South Dakota

Voting participation policies are primarily implemented and enforced at the state and local levels. These regulations, which include voter ID, online voter registration procedures, voting policies, early voting conditions, among others, determine how Americans vote in their particular state.

DoNotPay can help you through the procedure if you need additional assistance to determine how to register, whether you're in the country or outside. 

Eligibility Requirements to Vote in South Dakota 

To register as a voter in South Dakota, you must satisfy the following conditions:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be a South Dakota inhabitant
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Not serving a sentence in an adult prison for a criminal conviction, whether spent or deferred
  • Not mentally ill by law

Voter ID Prerequisites

You need a valid photo ID to register to vote in the state.

  • A South Dakota non-driver I.D. card or driver's license
  • A photo ID issued by the United States government
  • A U.S. passport
  • United States Armed Forces ID
  • An existing Student Photo ID card from a South Dakota authorized higher education or high-school institution
  • Tribal photo ID

If you don't have a photo ID, the election staff will ask you to complete a personal identification declaration and cast a standard ballot.

Restoration of Voting Rights 

In South Dakota, any individuals with criminal convictions lose their voting rights. It's suspended until the end of the jail term, including probation, parole, and restitution. Afterward, the person can vote just like everyone else. For more info, visit this page.


You can pre-register to vote if you turn 18 years old by the subsequent election.

How to Know You're Registered to Vote in South Dakota 

After submitting your voter application form, you'll have to wait until the County Election Official approves it. The county official will give you an acknowledgment notice once your application is approved. Contact your local election official if you don't receive the notification within 15 days of submitting your application. You can also visit the voter information portal to know if you're registered.

Methods of Voter Registration in South Dakota 

Online voter registration is not available in South Dakota. You can register to vote by mail or in person.

Voter Registration by Mail 

If you want to register by mail, use the National Voter Registration Form. Here's how to go about it:

  1. Check if you are eligible to vote in South Dakota State.
  2. Print the form and enter your details.
  3. In Box 6, enter your I.D. Number.
  4. Please enter your valid South Dakota non-driver I.D. or Driver's License number. If you don't have either of the mentioned IDs, provide the last four digits of your SSN (social security number). If you have none of the three items, register at the County Agency's Office, and issue a pledge stating that you need to vote yet you don't possess the required documents.
  5. In Box 7, enter your Party of Choice.
  6. In South Dakota, to vote in partisan primary elections, you must identify with a political party in whose primary you want to support. Unaffiliated voters are permitted to vote in several parties' primaries.
  7. In Box 8, fill in your ethnic or racial group or leave it blank. This info isn't necessary.
  8. Sign the document.
  9. Mail it to your local voting center.

In-Person Voter Registration 

As of 2020, the government has curtailed in-person services due to COVID-19. However, check with your local election office if it's possible. You could also look up the South Dakota polling site where you can register.

Overseas and Military Voters 

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) allows active-duty brigades, families, and nationals residing abroad to register as voters and obtain an absentee ballot.

First, print and fill out the FPCA form. Please include a phone number or email account so that your Election Official can contact you in case of any concerns. After that, send the form to your local election authority.

Subsequently, you could still vote via the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if you live in the United States. Your form should be a hardcopy, signed, and mailed to your local voting center.

You can find details regarding military and overseas voting in South Dakota here. You can also call 1-800-438 or send an email.

Absentee Voting Eligibility in South Dakota 

  1. You can only request an absentee ballot days before the election. (Not possible on election day).
  2. You can only get an absentee ballot application form from the County Election Official or complete an absentee ballot request form online.
  3. You should send your completed application form by mail or in person before 5 PM the day before the election day. You can monitor your absentee ballot on the Secretary of State page.
  4. If you cannot vote because of illness or disability, you may apply for an absentee ballot and have it sent to you by an authorized messenger.
  5. Those who obtained an absentee ballot yet later decide to vote in person could do so without submitting their absentee ballot.
  6. The Overseas Vote Foundation provides data on registering to vote and acquiring an absentee ballot for U.S. military individuals and overseas nationals.

South Dakota Primary Elections 

There are semi-open and closed primaries in South Dakota. Only Republican Party members can vote in the Republican Party's primary. The Democratic Primary is open to both Democratic Party members and unaffiliated participants. Regardless, if you'll be eighteen years old by the election day, you'll still not be allowed to vote in this primary election.

Voter Registration Deadlines in South Dakota

The last day to register to vote in South Dakota depends on the registration method.

Registration MethodDeadline
By MailMust be postmarked 15 days before Election Day
In-Person15 days before Election Day

Not Sure How to Register? DoNotPay Will Help 

DoNotPay can help you register to vote in South Dakota, change your details, unregister, and validate your registration with just a few steps:

  1. Search "voter registration" on DoNotPay. 
  2. Select whether you want to register to vote, change your voter information, cancel your registration, or verify your registration. 
  3. Enter the state you want to register in (or are registered in) and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements. Answer a few questions about you to help us verify your identity and complete your application. 
  4. Provide your signature and verify that your information is correct.

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