Mover's Guide: South Dakota
Secretary of State, Election Information: 605-773-3537
I moved from the address at which I am registered. What should I do?
I moved from another state.
If you moved to South Dakota from another state, you must register to vote in South Dakota to be able to vote. The last day to register in time to vote in the next election is by 5 p.m. fifteen days before the election.
If you moved from out of state, you may register to vote the same day you become a resident of the State of South Dakota. And, under federal law, if you move within thirty days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.
I moved within South Dakota.
If you moved to a new address within the state, you should complete a new registration form to update your registration records. That form is available here: http://sos.sd.gov/content/html/elections/electvoterpdfs/votregformlongbweffective20080908.pdf.
The election is right around the corner and I never updated my registration from my previous address. What should I do?
Many registered South Dakota voters who move are still entitled to cast a ballot that will be counted — even if they did not notify the appropriate election official about the move before Election Day.
Scenario One: New Address, but Same Polling Place
If you moved to a new address that is covered by the same polling place as your old address, you are allowed to vote at that polling place. This is true regardless of how close to the election you moved.
Scenario Two: New Address in Same County but New Polling Place
If you moved to a new address within the same county but with a different polling place, you can vote a regular ballot at the polling place associated with your old address.
Scenario Three: New Address in New County or New Congressional District
If you moved to a new address in a different county, you can vote a regular ballot at the polling place associated with your old address.