New political parties forming that intend to have a candidate for US Senate, US House, Governor or Legislature, in the Primary Election, must form by filing new party formation petitions signed by at least 2.5% (6,936) of the voters of the state as shown by the total vote cast for Governor at the last preceding gubernatorial election. The petition deadline for the 2018 elections is March 27, 2018 at 5 pm (CT). New parties may start circulating at any time.
5:02:08:06. Form of declaration for new political party
If a new political party forming does not intend to have a candidate for US Senate, US House, Governor, or Legislature, in the Primary election, that new political party may be organized by filing with the secretary of state not later than July 1, 2018 at 5 pm (CT), a written declaration signed by at least 2.5% (6,936) of the voters of the state as shown by the total vote cast for Governor at the last preceding gubernatorial election.
Other elected offices are chosen at a political party’s convention pursuant to SDCL 12-5-21.
To remain a political party, a political party's statewide candidate must obtain at least 2.5% of the vote for that party’s statewide candidate to remain a recognized party.
Political Parties are required to adopt a constitution or bylaws governing its organization and conduct. The party central committee shall certify to and file with the Secretary of State a copy of the document and amendments within 30 days of their approval.
The Secretary of State shall promptly notify the county auditor of each county of the effect of any provision of a party Constitution or bylaw which affects an election to be conducted.