South Dakota

Step 1: Apply

Can I vote-by-mail in my state?


Yes, South Dakota will allow any registered voter to request a ballot. Follow the application steps below. Click here to register as a new voter or to check your existing registration. (It's always a good idea to double-check.) https://vip.sdsos.gov/viplogin.aspx




Where should I send my completed application?


Complete your application and return it to your local election office via mail or in person. The website says "mail" and underlines it. But when we called the county election offices to ask if the applications could be delivered in person, they said yes. We recommend calling your local office before attempting to deliver your application in person. https://vip.sdsos.gov/CountyAuditors.aspx




When is the application due?


Technically, applications must be received by November 2, 2020. To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you send it immediately and no later than the middle of October. New voters must register by October 19, 2020.




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://vip.sdsos.gov/CountyAuditors.aspx





Step 2: Vote-by-Mail

When do I have to mail or drop off my completed ballot?


Technically, ballots must be received by Election Day. (November 3, 2020) To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you return your voted ballot as soon as it arrives and no later than the middle of October. You may also drop your ballot at your local election office. It's a good idea to call and check first. https://vip.sdsos.gov/CountyAuditors.aspx




Does it require a stamp? Two?


Read the outside of the envelope to see if additional postage may be required. The US Postal service will deliver any ballot, regardless of whether or not it has the correct postage, or any at all. They will charge the local election office for any unpaid postage. https://time.com/4547550/absentee-mail-ballot-postage-stamp-postal-service-usps/




Can my ballot be dropped off at a polling site or dedicated drop box?


There will be no drop boxes, but you may be able to deliver your ballot to your local election center. Call your county election office to find out the policy in your county. https://vip.sdsos.gov/CountyAuditors.aspx




Is there any way to check if my ballot was received?


https://vip.sdsos.gov/VIPLogin.aspx




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://vip.sdsos.gov/CountyAuditors.aspx





Early In-Person Voting

Does my state offer any in-person early voting days?


September 19 - November 2, 2020




Link to information and locations:


In person absentee voting takes place at your county election office. Call for times and availability. https://vip.sdsos.gov/CountyAuditors.aspx




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://vip.sdsos.gov/CountyAuditors.aspx





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