Thank you for serving our great country. With your service at home and abroad, you are defending the very freedoms that make our nation what it is. Your sacrifice gives all of us the right to voice our opinions and vote! The state of South Dakota is determined to provide you with every way possible to have your voice heard. One vote stateside is no more significant than a vote abroad.
Step 1: Complete and print the appropriate Absentee Ballot Application in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.
You must be a registered voter to request an absentee ballot for South Dakota Absentee Voting. Download an absentee ballot application by clicking this button: If you are already registered to vote, you do not need to re-register. If you are not sure if you are registered to vote, please check using the Voter Information Portal (VIP). If the information on VIP is incorrect, please contact your local election official to make the proper changes. If you are not registered, please click here to register to vote.
Step 2: Sign your application.
The ID requirement is waived onlyfor overseas voters, which include overseas military and overseas citizens. Stateside military arerequired to submit a photocopy of their ID with their absentee ballot application. Should notarization of the stateside military voter’s signature be easier to obtain than a photocopy of the ID, a notarized absentee ballot application may be submitted. The notarization on the absentee ballot application can be administered by any commissioned officer in the military service of the United States.
Step 3: Send the application to the person in charge of the election.
Uniformed and overseas voters (UOCAVA) may submit their absentee ballot applications by mail or fax, or a signed and scanned image of the application may be submitted via e-mail to the appropriate local election official.
Step 4: Follow your absentee voting process using the Military and Overseas Citizens (UOCAVA) Web Portal.
There are also several important things to keep in mind:
Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot
If a UOCAVA voter has submitted an absentee ballot application but has not received the absentee ballot, a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) may be submitted. The FWAB may be accessed at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website. The instructions on the site will take you through the process step by step. The Military and Overseas Voters Empowerment (MOVE) Act changed the law to have the FWAB recognized for all Federal Elections, including Primary, General, Secondary and Congressional Special Elections. When using the FWAB, only federal races may be voted on.