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South Dakota Election Dates

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Recent and Upcoming Election Dates And Deadlines

This page contains dates and deadlines information on elections occurring in South Dakota.

Election dates and deadlines vary by locality. Please be advised that these dates are updated regularly but are subject to scheduling changes at the local level.

Scheduled Elections In South Dakota

DateElection
June 5,2018 2018 June 5 Primary Election
November 6,2018 2018 November 6 General Election

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

2018 June 5 Primary Election -- Date: June 5,2018
Deadlines
March 29, 2018 Candidate Withdrawal Deadline:Last day for candidates to file for withdrawal from the primary election
April 18, 2018 Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots:Deadline for primary election ballots to be printed and in the auditor\'s possession.
April 20, 2018 Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts:Absentee voting begins
April 24, 2018 Candidate Ballot Access - Independent candidates Filing deadline:Last day for independent candidates to file nominating petitions with the Secretary of State or county auditor for all offices.
April 24, 2018 Voter Registration deadline - By Mail:Registered mail postmarked by the deadline accepted.
May 21, 2018 Voter Registration Ends:Voter Registration Deadline
2018 November 6 General Election -- Date: November 6,2018
Deadlines
September 19, 2018 Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots:Deadline for general election ballots to be printed and in the auditor\'s possession.
September 21, 2018 Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts:Absentee voting begins
October 22, 2018 Voter Registration Ends:Voter Registration Deadline

The Opening And Closing Times For Polling Places

Polls open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time.

Am I Eligible To Vote in South Dakota?

To register to vote in South Dakota, you must:
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Reside in South Dakota
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
  • Not currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction which included imprisonment, served or suspended, in an adult penitentiary system
  • Not be judged mentally incompetent by a court of law
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