Healthy Voting in South Dakota

For the November 8, 2022 general election in South Dakota

  • All voters must be registered to cast a ballot.
  • Early voting (in-person absentee voting) is available at your local elections office.

  • Polling places are open on Election Day.

  • All voters will be asked to show identification. Voters without ID can sign an affidavit.

  • All voters can vote by mail.

  • South Dakota requires that voters provide a driver's license or other form of ID. To see the types of identification South Dakota accepts, visit the elections website.

Healthy Voting tips

Voting is an important way to promote health for yourself and your community. When you vote, you exercise your voice on decisions that have a big impact on your health and the health of your family and neighbors, like access to transportation, funding for health care, and clean water and air.

There are many options for healthy voting. Voting by mail is a good option because it lets you maintain physical distance and helps reduce crowding on Election Day. Early voting in person is another option that lets you choose when you cast your ballot in advance of Election Day. But however you vote this year, you can do it in a way that protects and promotes your health.

If you have more questions about voting in your state, contact your local election office or South Dakota's central election office.

Phone: (605) 773-3537
Email: sdsos@state.sd.us


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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.

Deadline to return your ballot
by Election Day, November 8 for mailed ballots. All 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.  Postmarks don't count!

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 November 7, 2022.

You can:

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.

How to return your ballot

Drop it off in person:

  • At your elections office.

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.

Make sure your ballot counts! Remember...


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

  • Seal inner and outer envelopes.

  • Closely follow all instructions to ensure your ballot is counted.

  • Put enough postage on the envelope.

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

Healthy tips for voting by mail in South Dakota

  • If you are dropping off your ballot at a mailbox, drop box, or voting location, follow local public health guidelines. Get vaccinated and boosted, keep physical distance, wash your hands, and wear a mask to protect yourself and others.
More tips for healthy voting by mail

Early voting is voting in person before Election Day, which is usually less crowded than going on Election Day itself. Early voting methods vary, so check the options available in your area.

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

You can request and cast an in-person absentee ballot at your local elections offices from September 23 through November 7.

  • Early voting hours can vary. Check with your local elections office.
  • All voters will be asked to show identification. Voters without ID can sign an affidavit.

Healthy tips for early voting in South Dakota

  • Follow instructions for healthy voting at your early voting location.
  • Get vaccinated and boosted, keep physical distance, wash your hands, and wear a mask to protect yourself and others.
  • 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

Polling places are open on Election Day.

  • Find a location near you at your elections website.
  • All voters will be asked to show identification. Voters without ID can sign an affidavit.

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

  • Follow instructions for healthy voting at your in-person voting location.
  • Get vaccinated and boosted, keep physical distance, wash your hands, and wear a mask to protect yourself and others.
  • 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 polling place will not be as busy, usually mid-morning or early-afternoon.
More tips for healthy voting in person

How to find your accessible options for the general election in South Dakota.

The best way to learn exactly what options are available to you is at your state and local elections office.


Accessible voting by mail in South Dakota

If you can mark, verify and cast a paper mail-in ballot privately and independently, voting by mail is a healthy option, especially if you can use a drop-off location to return your ballot.

For the November 8, 2022 general election in South Dakota:

Some elections offices offer accessible ballot marking tools for voters who cannot mark a vote-by-mail ballot without assistance. These tools let you download a ballot that you can mark on your personal computer, with your own assistive technology. You then print and return the ballot by mail or in-person. Check with your local elections office for information.

Accessible voting in person

For the November 8, 2022 general election in South Dakota:

  • Polling places are open on Election Day.

Federal law requires that every in-person voting location has at least 1 accessible voting system. Look for information about how to use the accessible voting systems on the state accessibility information page or contact your local elections office.

Based on changing public health guidance and state policy, voting locations may change before the election or several polling places may be consolidated into one larger location. Check your local election office for up to date information about voting locations and opening hours.

If you have a choice of when to vote, in-person voting locations are usually less crowded mid-morning or early afternoon.

Voters with disabilities may be able to use an accessible voting system at the elections office before Election Day.

Other accessible voting options

Ask your local elections office about whether these accessible voting options are available:

  • Ballot delivery to your home or a “ride to the polls” program.
  • Curbside or drive-up voting, so you don’t have to get out of your car.
  • Election and voting information in large print, audio, or Braille versions.
  • Any requirements to have someone assist you in marking and casting your ballot.

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