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South Dakota's Election Dates

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Recent and Upcoming Election Dates And Deadlines

This page contains dates and deadlines information on elections occurring in South Dakota.

Election dates and deadlines vary by locality. Please be advised that these dates are updated regularly but are subject to scheduling changes at the local level.

Please contact your local election office for more detailed information about the laws concerning election dates,poll hours,poll locations, voter id requirements,absentee voting, voter registration, name or address changes that would apply in your case.

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

2018 June 5 Primary Election -- Date: June 5,2018

Deadlines
March 29, 2018 Candidate Withdrawal Deadline:Last day for candidates to file for withdrawal from the primary election
April 18, 2018 Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots:Deadline for primary election ballots to be printed and in the auditor\'s possession.
April 20, 2018 Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts:Absentee voting begins
April 24, 2018 Candidate Ballot Access - Independent candidates Filing deadline:Last day for independent candidates to file nominating petitions with the Secretary of State or county auditor for all offices.
April 24, 2018 Voter Registration deadline - By Mail:Registered mail postmarked by the deadline accepted.
May 21, 2018 Voter Registration Ends:Voter Registration Deadline

2018 November 6 General Election -- Date: November 6,2018

Deadlines
September 19, 2018 Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots:Deadline for general election ballots to be printed and in the auditor\'s possession.
September 21, 2018 Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts:Absentee voting begins
October 22, 2018 Voter Registration Ends:Voter Registration Deadline

Good To Know

Note

Laws, rules, and procedures in State and local elections may differ depending on the type of election.

General Elections

General elections have the most offices and issues on the ballot and usually generate more interest and higher turnout than any other elections. Most offices on the general election ballot are partisan.

Primary and Caucus

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. The main difference between a caucus and a primary is that a caucus involves face-to-face interaction between voters, where voters can try to persuade one another to vote for (or against) a certain candidate.

Municipal Elections

In municipal elections, registered voters elect members of their local government, such as mayors, council people, township supervisors and district judges.

School Elections

School elections are held to elect school board members and community college directors

Special Elections

A special election is held when someone who is already in office can no longer serve and must be replaced. All registered voters in the district can vote in a special election.

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