General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 19
Restoration of Voting Rights After Felony Convictions: The right to vote is automatically restored for felons after the completion of their parole or probation.
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
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