Voters Information

To register to vote in South Dakota, you must:

Be a United States citizen
Reside in South Dakota, using your “110 E. Center St address”.
Be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
Not currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction which included
imprisonment, served or suspended, in an adult penitentiary system
Not be judged mentally incompetent by a court of law

You can use this form to:

Register to vote in South Dakota
Change your registration name or address
Change your party affiliation

Party registration:

South Dakota has closed primary elections.  To be eligible to vote in the primaries,
voters must indicate their political party choice on the registration cards.  Republican,
Democratic, and Constitution parties are the recognized political parties in South Dakota.

To register:

Complete the entire registration form by printing the requested information.
If you are currently registered to vote, please also fill out the cancellation on the
bottom of the form.
Return the form to the Lake County Auditor.
Lake County Auditor
200 E. Center St.
Madison, SD  57042
You will receive a notice from your county auditor that your registration has been
received. If you do not receive this notice within 15 days, please contact your county auditor.

Registration deadline:

The deadline for registration is 15 days before any election. Your card must be received by
the auditor by this deadline if you are to vote in the next election.
2010 Primary deadline is May 24
2010 General deadline is October 18

Voters Registration Form

Absentee Voting 1-2-3

  1. Complete and print the appropriate Absentee Ballot Application in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

 Paper Ballot Request

·         Absentee Ballot Application

·         Absentee Ballot Fill In and Print Application

  1. Sign your application.

     ·         Your signature must be notarized, or

·         The application must be submitted with a photocopy of a valid form of identification:

o    South Dakota driver’s license or non-driver identification card

o    A passport or an identification card, including a picture, issued by an agency
of the United States government

o    A tribal identification card, including a picture

o  A current student identification card, including a picture, issued by a high
school or an accredited institution of higher education, including a university,
college, or technical school, located within the State of South Dakota

  1. Send the application to the person in charge of the election.

·     Primary or General Elections. Mail a completed
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 ballot
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 voter’s
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.

 The absentee 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.

 Voters who 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 Election Day.

In the event of confinement because of sickness or disability, a qualified voter may request an
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 ballot.
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.