Absentee ballot requests top 100,000 in South Dakota

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Requests for absentee ballots have hit an all-time high in South Dakota.

Since absentee voting began on Sept. 23, 103,425 residents have cast their ballot as of Nov. 7.

Secretary of State Shantel Krebs stated, “With 10 ballot questions and a Presidential race on the ballot South Dakota voters are making sure their voice is heard.”

Absentee Ballots cast in the past Three Presidential Elections:

2012: 91,145

2008: 100,780 (all-time high for absentee ballots cast)

2004: 94,643

The Secretary of State's Office says the high number of absentee ballots cast in 2016 is likely to decrease the speed of the results reported. 


Polls Open and Close:

The Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

ID Requirements or Address Change:

The address on my photo ID doesn’t match my voter registration address. Can I still vote?

Yes. However, you will need to vote at the polling location associated with your voter registration address.

The name on my Driver’s License does not match my voter registration information. Will I be able to vote?

Yes. Bring your photo ID and explain why your name is different than what it is on the voter registration list. If the election board cannot make a determination that is you, you can also sign a personal identification affidavit and will still be allowed to vote a regular ballot.

Voter ID Requirements:

South Dakota protects against voter fraud on Election Day:

Voter ID is a requirement to vote. You must present some type of government issued ID, such as a SD drivers license, A state issued non-drivers license ID, tribal ID, passport, regents university photo ID, high school photo ID.

If you do not have an acceptable form of ID you must be presented with a personal identification affidavit that you will sign under the penalty of perjury in which you state you are who you are.

Authorized Messenger:

If a voter is confined due to sickness or disability, that voter can use an authorized messenger to bring the ballot to them.  There is a section on the application for absentee ballot where the voter will indicate who they want to bring their ballot to them.  The deadline for this option is 3:00 pm on Election Day. Authorized messenger form on bottom of Absentee Ballot Application Form PDF: Click Here

Voter Hotline Number:

If you feel your voting rights have been violated, you may call the county auditor, the Secretary of State at 888-703-5328, or your state's attorney. Please be sure to make that phone call before you leave the voting precinct location. The number will be posted twice at all polling locations.

Poll Watcher:

We encourage citizens to become involved on Election Day, as anyone can be a poll watcher or poll observer. Click Here

South Dakota law allows poll watchers and observers to be present to observe the voting and counting activity and provides guidelines for poll watchers and observers. For more information visit SDSOS.GOV or contact your County Auditor. You will likely see poll watchers at your precinct on Election Day.

Download VOTE 605 App:

To view your sample ballot or find your polling place on your smart phone, download the VOTE 605 App on Google Play or the App Store. You can also view your sample ballot at SDSOS.GOV                                                                      

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