SD Secretary of State
Elections & Voter Registration
2004 Election Information
Special Congressional Election Summary
Special Congressional Election Process
State law provides a process for filling a congressional
vacancy. A vacancy which occurs within six months before a primary election
will be filled in a special election which is combined with the primary
election. When the vacancy becomes effective the Governor will issue a
proclamation establishing the Special Congressional Election. It is anticipated
that South Dakota will conduct a Special Congressional Election on June 1, 2004.
Following the proclamation of the Special Congressional
Election, the Republican and Democrat Party State Central Committees will each
be allowed to nominate a candidate to run in the Special Congressional
Election. Independent candidates may compete in the election by filing
nominating petitions containing 3,346 signatures by April 6.
The candidate who wins the Special Congressional Election will
be eligible to take office following the canvass of the election which will be
conducted on June 8. That person will serve the remainder of the unexpired term
which ends on January 3, 2005.
Candidates wishing to be nominated by their party to compete in
the November General Election for the next two year term will file nominating
petitions by April 6 to participate in their party's primary election on June
1. This primary election, while conducted at the same time as the Special
Congressional Election, is separate from the Special Congressional Election.
The Special Congressional Election will elect a person to
complete the current congressional term. The Primary Election will nominate
candidates to compete in the November General Election for the next