South Dakota Primary Ballot Already Set

Phil Jensen


votePierre, SD – South Dakota’s June 7th primary ballots were printed and in possession of the County Auditors’ offices across the state for the start of Absentee Voting on April 22nd. Therefore presidential candidates suspending their campaigns after April 22nd will still be on the ballot for the South Dakota presidential primary.

Presidential Candidates included on South Dakota’s Republican and Democrat ballots will be:


Rick Kriebel 2016


John Kasich

Ted Cruz

Donald Trump

Woodrow Wilcox



Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton

Candidates who suspend their campaigns may re-enter the presidential race at their party’s national convention if a candidate does not accumulate the number of delegates required to win the nomination.

Write-in candidates – are not allowed in South Dakota pursuant to SDCL 12-20-21.2:

SDCL 12-20-21.2.  Write-in votes not to be counted–Other votes on ballot. If a name is written on a ballot in an attempt to cast a write-in-vote, the write-in vote may not be counted. However, all other votes for which the voter’s intent may be determined shall be counted.

Curbside voting is not allowed in South Dakota.  There is no state law allowing this or a process for how this would be conducted.

To track an absentee ballot and view your sample ballot use the Voter Information Portal (VIP) by entering your First and Last Name and your Date of Birth –

Voters may also download South Dakota’s Vote 605 Mobile App for smart phones to find their polling place and view their sample ballot:

Absentee Voting

o   All voters wanting to vote by absentee must complete and submit a signed absentee ballot application to the county auditor in the county he/she is registered to vote in.

  • The application must include a copy of one of the valid ID’s listed above or the voter’s signature must be notarized.

o   Deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5:00pm the day prior to the election.

o   South Dakota does not use the term “early voting” in state law.  Any voter can vote an absentee ballot without having to provide a reason 46 days prior to a primary and general election.  These voters are absent from their voting precinct on Election Day.

o   The voter can vote absentee by mail or the voter can vote in-person at their county auditor’s office.


Voter ID requirements

o   All voters are required by law to show a photo ID in order to cast a ballot.

o   Acceptable forms of ID allowed:

  • A South Dakota driver’s license or nondriver identification card;
  • A passport or an identification card, including a picture, issued by an agency of the United States government;
  • A tribal identification card, including a picture; or
  • 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.

Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA)

o   All military and overseas citizens are allowed to request their ballot be sent to them electronically (fax or email).  These voters provide an email address on the absentee ballot application.  The voter will receive an email with a username, password and a link to access their ballot.  That username and password is only valid for 48 hours.  These voters must print the ballot off, mark their ballot and MAIL their ballot back to his/her county auditor.  No marked ballots can be returned electronically.

o   Stateside military must submit the absentee ballot application with a copy of his/her ID or have his/her signature notarized.

The ID requirements are waived for all military and US citizens living outside of the US.



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  • Jo Thomas

    I will be voting Ted Cruz in the primary. Praying for some sort of miracle here because I cannot in good conscience vote for Trump.

    • Me too.

      • Jo Thomas

        So with Trump telling his voters to not vote in the primaries….could that be our miracle? What a doofus!!

    • DCM7

      I think Michael Day’s comment from elsewhere is relevant here:

      “If you want your vote to be counted, you would do well to find out which names are approved write-in candidates in your particular State. Only votes for write-in candidates who have already been approved will count. All others will be invalidated. That information is made available to the public on the various state websites.
      “Here in California, even though the Constitution Party isn’t officially recognized, the Constitution Party candidates can qualify as write-in candidates if enough individuals register as electors. That is how Californians were able to vote for Constitution Party candidates last election.”