Your local election office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.
South Dakota vote by mail deadlines
Earliest day to apply: January 1, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (online): N/A
Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by November 2, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 2, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by November 3, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 3, 2020
South Dakota vote by mail rules
Any registered South Dakota voter may request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.
South Dakota vote by mail ID requirements
South Dakota voters must either have their request notarized or they must inclulde a COPY of a photo ID -- such as a driver's license or non-driver ID -- that shows the voter's name and South Dakota address.
You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
South Dakota vote by mail directions
In almost all cases, you will need to sign up to vote by mail. The state won’t just mail you a ballot. Don't worry: we will walk you through it. There are only a handful of steps:
You submit an application to vote by mail
Your local election office processes your application
Your local election office sends your ballot to you
You vote using the ballot and return it by the deadline
Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Two important things to note:
The Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license and on your voter registration form to make sure they match. So please sign carefully.
The post office will deliver your ballot even if you don’t have a stamp as long as you use the return envelope provided by your state. This envelope will say “official election mail.” The USPS will always deliver official election mail -- no stamp needed.