Jason M. Gant

Secretary of State

College Students

Voting If you are a student in South Dakota who has moved to a new county or the state to attend college, you can still vote. As a college student, you have two choices on where you register to vote. You have the right to register and vote where you live now, whether that is an on-campus or off-campus address. Or, you may choose to register or remain registered and vote at your prior home address if your prior address is within the State of South Dakota.

Here's more of what college students need to know:

Register to Vote

In order to vote in any election, you must first be a registered voter. To vote in any election, the voter registration deadline is 15 days before the election.
If you are not registered, please:

  • Know the requirements for registering
  • Understand how to register

Download a voter registration form by clicking this button:
Download Voter Registration Form

How to Vote

Voting is easy and a right that you should not take for granted. As long as you are registered, you will be able to vote on Election Day. You'll want to make sure to:

  • Know the location of your polling place
  • ID requirements

If you cannot make to the polls on Election Day, please cast an absentee ballot.
In South Dakota, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The busiest times of day to vote are before and after normal working hours. If you can, try going at less-busy times. If you are in line by the time the polls close, you must be allowed to cast your vote.

First-Time Voter

Is this your first time at the polls? Don't worry. The information below can help you ensure you're prepared.

  • Know what to bring with you on Election Day
  • Find tips and other important information for first-time voters

Students From Other States

Students who are from other states may choose to register in South Dakota, or may vote absentee with their home state. Please visit your state's Secretary of State webpage to find any information on elections and voting.

Students Studying Abroad

If you will be out of the country and wish to vote, please cast an absentee ballot.

Still have questions?

Please call (605)773-3537.