COVID-19 Advisory: Between April 17-24, the South Dakota Secretary of State's office will mail absentee ballot applications to all South Dakotans registered in the statewide voter registration file, with the exception of voters who have already applied for the 2020 election cycle or voters in counties sending applications on their own. South Dakota’s primary election will be held June 2, 2020. Voters who do not receive a requested ballot can download the form at sdsos.gov or call their county auditor.
Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?
Any registered South Dakota voter can vote absentee. No excuse is necessary.
Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?
No ID required if an absentee voter application can be notarized.
If it CANNOT be notarized, then ID is required. Choose from one of the following:
- A South Dakota driver’s license
- A South Dakota non-driver identification card
- A passport or other picture ID issued by the U.S. government
- A tribal photo ID
- Current student photo ID issued by a South Dakota high school or postsecondary education institution
First-time voters may need to submit ID – see Voter Registration section above.
Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?
No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your voter registration signature.
Last update: May 5, 2020