Sign your application.
Your signature must be
The application must be
submitted with a photocopy of a valid form of identification:
Dakota driverís license or non-driver identification card
passport or an identification card, including a picture, issued by
of the United States government
tribal identification card, including a picture
A current student identification card, including a picture, issued
by a high
school or an accredited institution of higher education, including a
college, or technical school, located within the State of South
Send the application to the person in charge of the
or General Elections. Mail a
absentee ballot application ∑
Lake County Auditor
200 E. Center St.
Madison, SD 57042
South Dakota has
no excuse absentee voting. Any registered voter may vote by absentee
ballot. Absentee ballots for Primary and General Elections are available
at least 45 days
prior to the election. Absentee Ballots for municipal and school
elections are available 15
days prior to the election.
To receive a
ballot by mail, a voter must file a written application for an absentee
with the person in charge of the election. The application must be
mailed or hand delivered
to the person in charge of the election. The application cannot be
submitted by fax. The voterís
signature on the application must be notarized or witnessed by an
official who can administer
an oath. An alternative to notarization would be to send a photocopy of
a valid form of identification
with the application. Notaries public are prohibited by law from
charging a fee for notarizing an
absentee ballot application.
ballot application can be filed after January 1st and until
3:00 p.m. on
Election Day. The absentee ballot application is good for the calendar
year in which
it is submitted.
qualify to vote absentee may also go to the office of the person in
charge of the
election, complete an absentee ballot application, and vote in person. A
person may vote in
person once the ballots are available and should be done prior to
In the event of
confinement because of sickness or disability, a qualified voter may
absentee ballot in writing, naming an authorized messenger who will
deliver the ballot to the voter.
An application for a ballot by authorized messenger must be received by
the person in charge
of the election before 3:00 p.m. on the day of the election.
The voter must
sign a statement on the absentee ballot envelope prior to returning the
All voted ballots must be returned to the person in charge of the
election in time to be delivered
to the appropriate polling place prior to the closing of the polls.