South Dakota Voter Information

Facts At A Glance

Registration Deadline: October 23th (by mail)

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Do First Time Voters Need ID?

yes

Do All Voters Need ID?

no

Complete South Dakota Voter ID Laws

Do 1st time voters need ID? Yes
Do all voters need ID? No
Student ID accepted? Yes

 

What forms of ID are acceptable?

  • South Dakota driver’s license or non-driver ID card
  • A passport or other photo ID issued by the U.S. government
  • A current student photo ID from a college or university in South Dakota
  • Tribal identification with a photo

If you do not bring your ID on Election Day, don’t worry. You may fill out a personal identification affidavit and still be allowed to vote.

South Dakota Student Voter Info

Students who moved out of South Dakota to attend school elsewhere, and who intend on moving back after graduating, should not have a problem registering and voting in South Dakota. Students attending school in South Dakota should be able to register and vote at their school address if they have no current plans to move from that address.

South Dakota Ex-Offender Voter Info

HHC – Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated and on parole. Voting rights are automatically restored upon completion of parole, and people on probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.
Felon Voting – Anyone convicted of a misdemeanor in South Dakota may not vote while incarcerated.
On Mar. 19, 2012, HB 1247 was enacted. The bill took the ability to vote away from convicted felons serving terms of probation. Previously, only people on parole or incarcerated were ineligible to register to vote. Now convicted felons must serve their full term of incarceration, parole, and probation before they may register to vote.
Vote Restored After term of incarceration, parole, and probation.
Non Profit Vote
– Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated and on parole. Convicted felons must serve their full term of incarceration, parole, and probation before they may register to vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.