Healthy Voting in South Dakota

For the June 2, 2020 primary election in South Dakota

  • All voters can request an absentee ballot.

  • Polling places are open on Election Day.

  • Early voting (in-person absentee voting) is available at your local elections office.

Healthy Voting tips

Voting by mail is a healthy option because it lets you maintain physical distance and helps reduce crowding at in-person voting centers.

If you go out to vote - whether to drop off a ballot or vote in person - follow these common-sense precautions:

  • Wear a mask or other face covering.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

If you are sick or concerned that you have been exposed to the coronavirus, seek medical care. If you don’t have an absentee ballot, contact your local election office for guidance about your voting options.


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Voting by mail is a healthy option because you vote at home. If you go out at all, it's only to mail or drop off your ballot.

Voting by mail is also called absentee voting in South Dakota.

June 2. Absentee ballots must be received at the county elections office in time for them to be delivered to your voting precinct by the time the polls close at 7:00pm on Election Day, June 2.  Contact your elections office for more information.

You can track your ballot online.

How to get your ballot

All registered voters can request an absentee ballot.

The deadline to request a ballot is June 1, 2020.

You can:

  • Download, print, and mail a request form.
  • Call or visit your local elections office.
  • Fill out and return the request form you received in the mail.

Remember:

  • A notary signature or photo ID is required with your ballot request form.
  • Voters may take a photo of their ID using their phone or camera and email it to their elections office.

If you missed the deadline to request a ballot, contact your elections office for any last-minute or emergency options.

How to return your ballot

Mail it:

  • Put it in your own mailbox for the mail carrier to collect.
  • Put it in a Post Office blue mailbox.
  • Take it to a post office.

Return it in person:

  • To your elections office.

Make sure your ballot counts! Remember...

  • Be sure to sign the declaration on the return envelope.

  • You have to put a stamp on your ballot envelope.

  • Return your ballot promptly. Postmarks don't count! 

Healthy tips for voting by mail in South Dakota

  • If you return your ballot at a mailbox or drop box, wash your hands afterwards for 20 seconds.
  • If you go out to drop off your ballot, practice physical distancing and wear a mask or other face covering to protect yourself and others.
  • If you need to buy stamps, consider using the Post Office’s online store, usps.com.
  • If you go to a post office or store to buy stamps, wear a mask or other face covering to protect yourself, the postal clerk, and other people.
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Early voting is voting in person before Election Day, which is usually less crowded than going to vote on Election Day itself.

Early voting is also called in-person absentee voting in South Dakota.

When absentee voting begins, registered voters can vote in-person at their County Auditor's office

Healthy tips for early voting in South Dakota

  • Follow instructions for healthy voting at your early voting location.
  • Wear a mask or other face covering, and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Wash with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol before and after voting.
  • If you can, go when the early voting center will not be as busy, usually mid-morning or early-afternoon.
More tips for healthy voting in person →

When you vote in person on Election Day, you go to a voting center to mark and cast your ballot in person. Voting centers also have accessible voting systems and language access options.

Polling places are open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm

All polling places are open on Election Day.

  • All voters are asked to show a photo ID.

Healthy tips for voting in person on Election Day in South Dakota

  • Follow instructions for healthy voting at your in-person voting location.
  • Wear a mask or other face covering, and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you can, go when the voting center will not be as busy, usually mid-morning or early-afternoon.
More tips for healthy voting in person →

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