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Report Deadlines and Who Files

Important Campaign Finance Dates

2019 Year-End Due: January 31, 2020

  • Deadline: The last Friday in January each year.
  • Reporting Period: Last report through December 31, 2019
  • Who files: ALL statewide candidates & statewide Elected Officials, statewide political action committees, statewide political parties and statewide ballot question committee.

Pre-Primary Due: May 18, 2020

  • Reporting Period: January 1, 2020 (or last submitted report) through May 13, 2020
  • Who files: ALL statewide candidates & statewide elected officials, legislative candidates and county candidates (only if there is a race in that office in the district or county), statewide political parties, statewide political action committees and statewide ballot question committee.

Pre-General Due: October 19, 2020

  • Deadline: Fifteen days prior to the general election.
  • Reporting Period: May 17, 2020 (or last submitted report) through October 14, 2020
  • Who files: ALL statewide candidates and elected officials, ALL legislative candidates & campaign committees, statewide political action committees, statewide political parties, county political parties, statewide ballot question committee and ALL county candidates & campaign committees (in counties over 10,000 population; file with County Auditor).

2020 Year-End Due: January 29, 2021

  • Deadline: The last Friday in January each year.
  • Reporting Period: Last report through December 31, 2020
  • Who files: ALL statewide candidates, statewide political action committees, statewide political parties, and statewide ballot question committee, ALL legislative candidates & campaign committees and ALL county candidates & campaign committees (in counties over 10,000 population; filed with County Auditor).
  • Political Party Termination: if a political party loses its party status a termination must be filed.

NOTE: No campaign finance disclosure report is required if the political committee regularly submits a campaign finance disclosure report with another state or the Federal Election Commission or a report of contributions and expenditures with the Internal Revenue Service. (SDCL 12-27-3)

PENALTIES: 12-27-29.1 In addition to any other penalty or relief provided under this chapter, the secretary of state, may impose a civil penalty for the failure to timely file any statement, amendment, or correction required to be filed by this chapter. The civil penalty is $200 for each violation. If any violation is made by a county political party or auxiliary organization, the civil penalty is $50 for each violation. Any civil penalty collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited into the state general fund.

12-27-29.4 Additional penalties not to exceed $250 may be assessed and the secretary of state may refer repeated violations under this chapter for prosecution by a state's attorney or the attorney general.

NOTE: 12-27-22(6) If a statewide ballot question committee does not list any activity on the next required campaign finance report submitted to the secretary of state, that committee has until the next reporting period to report activity. If that committee does not have any activity to report by the next reporting period, the committee shall submit a termination report by that reporting period deadline.

Who files & which report Pre-Primary Pre-General Year-End
Odd Year
Year-End
Even Year
ALL Statewide Candidates & Statewide Elected Officials X X X X
Legislative Candidates and campaign committees
*Change per 2019 Legislative Session
*Only if there is a race in that office in the district ALL legislative campaign committees - ALL legislative campaign committees
Statewide recognized Political Party X X X X
County Party & Auxiliary - X - -
Statewide PAC X X X X
Statewide Ballot Question X X X X
County Candidates
(in counties over 10,000 population)
*Change per 2019 Legislative Session
*Only if there is a race in that office in the district ALL county candidate campaign committees - ALL county candidate campaign committees