Election Rules

Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline: May 18

Primary Election Date: June 2

General Election Voter Registration Deadline: May 18

ID Requirements for Voting: Photo ID required. If ID is not shown, voter can sign an affidavit to verify identity.

Absentee Voting: Any registered South Dakota voter can request an absentee ballot, no excuse is required. Voter must request the application from their county election official, who will send a paper ballot to the voter. The application must be received at least 1 day prior to the election. View the instructions here.

Gender Gaps in Representation

South Dakota is one of 9 states with a woman governor (Kristi Noem, R). South Dakota is one of 13 states that has no women in its Congressional delegation. South Dakota ranks 36th in the country for women’s representation in the State Legislature.

South Dakota Congressional Delegation

South Dakota State Legislature

Voter Turnout

South Dakota had lower voter turnout than the overall United States for both men and women in the 2016 Elections.

Percent Voter Turnout by Gender

Percent Voter Turnout by Race

Other races not shown due to population size