Jason M. Gant

Secretary of State

Recognized Political Parties

A new political party may organize and participate in the primary election by filing a declaration signed by at least 7,928 registered voters, also containing name of proposed party and brief statement of principles.

Deadline: March 25, 5:00 P.M. Central Time
File at the Secretary of State's office, Pierre, SD

Upon filing the new party shall have all the rights of a political party whose ticket was on the ballot at the preceding general election.
12-5-1

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.
12-5-1.1

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.
12-5-1.3

The number of signatures required on a nominating petition in each primary election following the qualification of a political party and prior to the next gubernatorial election, pursuant to 12-6-4, is:

State and Federal candidate: at least 250 registered members of that party

Legislative and County candidate: at least 5 registered members of that party
12-5-1.4

For more information on political parties and the primary process in South Dakota please refer to Chapters 12-5 and 12-6 of South Dakota Codified Law.

Contact Information

SD Democratic Party
PO Box 1485
Sioux Falls, SD 57101
Phone 605-271-5405
Fax 605-271-5405
democrats@sddp.org
www.sddp.org
Party Constitution

SD Libertarian Party
Party By-Laws and officers

SD Republican Party
PO Box 1099
Pierre SD 57501
Phone 605-224-7347
Fax 605-224-7349
administrator@southdakotagop.com
www.southdakotagop.com
Party By-Laws

Americans Elect Party
Letter to Party
Americans Elect Termination Letter

Constitution Party
Letter to Party
Party By-Laws

Updated April 19, 2012