South Dakota Voter Registration at All Time High

South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs

South Dakota reached an all-time high in voter registration numbers. South Dakota Secretary of State Shantel Krebs stated, “It is great to live in South Dakota where citizens do not take their right to vote for granted. I am proud to see our voter registration reach an all-time high.”


Total: 544,402

Republican: 252,102

Democrat: 170,711

Independent: 118,639

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Libertarian: 1,619

Constitution: 500



Compare to 10 years ago:


2006 General Election Registration Numbers

Total: 507,132

Republicans: 240,101

Democrats: 190,905

Independents: 74,608

Other: 1,518

Voter Registration Tracking Numbers: Click Here

By County: Click Here

The last time a different party had a majority of voter registrations in South Dakota was 1978: Democrats 193,345, Republicans 191,766 and Independents 35,707

Voter Registration List Maintenance:

The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) requires voter registration file maintenance procedures to be conducted every odd-numbered year between January 1st and November 15th.  The maintenance procedures identify and remove the names of those individuals who are no longer eligible to vote.  The process takes a total of eight years (four general election cycles) of not voting, not updating their voter registration or responding to a previous list maintenance mailing before a voter can be purged from the voter file.  A voter can stay on the active voter registration list for 4 years (through two general elections) with no activity before being moved to the inactive list.  A voter will then remain on the inactive voter registration list for another 4 years (through two more general elections) with no activity before being purged from the voter file.  There are required mailings that must be sent to a voter prior to being moved to the inactive file and prior to being purged from the voter file.

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