SD Election Official Seeks to Reassure Voters

SD Secretary of State Jason Gant

SD Secretary of State Jason Gant

October 17, 2012
Contact: Jason M. Gant (605) 773-3537

Voter ID laws have been in the news across the country. This may be creating concerns among South Dakota voters.

Let me assure South Dakota voters that our law has not changed and they will be voting the same as in prior elections.

The 2003 South Dakota voter ID law states that a voter shall present one of the following photo ID’s when voting: South Dakota driver’s license or non-driver ID card, passport or other ID issued by the U.S. government, tribal ID, or student ID from South Dakota high school, college, university, or technical school. However, if the voter does not have an ID, they may complete an affidavit of personal identification.

The nine year old law which added ID requirements also removed the need to give reason for absentee voting. This more than doubled the number of absentee ballots cast in statewide elections. Voters have enjoyed having the chance to vote when it fits into their schedule.

Absentee rules and a voter ID law have provided convenience for voters while guarding against voter fraud.

Woodrow Wilcox


I encourage all South Dakotans to vote on Tuesday, November 6th.

For further information, visit or contact your local County Auditor’s office.

Jason Gant
Secretary of State

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