Date of South Dakota's 2020 Primary Election - June 2, 2020
Absentee voting begins - April 17, 2020
Voter Registration Deadline - May 18, 2020
Absentee Ballots Requested: 112,211
Absentee Ballots Received: 88,949
Ballots Rejected: 1,220
Registered Voters for the June Primary who had a ballot available to them in their county: 546,899
Ballots cast for the June Primary: 154,328
Voter Turnout: 28.22%
Date of South Dakota's 2020 General Election - November 3, 2020
Absentee voting begins - September 18, 2020
Voter Registration Deadline - October 19, 2020
Absentee Ballots Requested: 228,552
Absentee Ballots Received: 219,074
Ballots Rejected: 817
Registered Voters for the General Election: 578,655
Ballots cast for the General Election: 427,529
Voter Turnout: 73.88%
Listen to the 2020 General Election Ballot Question Pamphlet
2020 General Election State Canvass
2020 General Election Recount - House District 12
2020 General Election County Canvass
Official Primary Election Results with County Certifications (precinct level results)
The following nominations are made in the party primary elections held on June 2, 2020:
In those areas of the state which have the following types of districts, nominations are made in a nonpartisan primary election:
Supreme Court - Voted on the general election ballot:
In those areas of the state which have the following types of districts, nominations are made in the general election:
The following will be nominated at the 2020 state conventions of each political party:
12-6-3. Candidacy for more than one office in same election prohibited--Exceptions. No person's name may appear on the primary election ballot as a candidate for nomination to more than one public office in the same election, except that a person may be the candidate for any public office and the office of President of the United States, vice president of the United States, director of a water development district, or director of a consumer power district. A candidate for any such office is not prohibited from seeking election to one or more party offices as may be provided in chapter 12-5. If a candidate secures a nomination at a state party convention, the candidate shall withdraw as a candidate from one of the offices and submit the withdrawal to the secretary of state on or before the date on which the secretary of state receives the state party certification.
12-16-10.1. Candidacy for more than one office prohibited--Exception. No person's name may appear on the general election ballot as a candidate for election to more than one public office except for the office of President of the United States or vice president of the United States.
2020 Candidate Calendar
* All petitions and campaign finance reports that are filed with the Secretary of State are due by 5:00 pm CT on the deadline day.
Disclaimer: This candidate election calendar is only a general guide and may not be all-inclusive of all election dates and deadlines in the state.
Number of Signers Required for Candidate Petitions in 2020
Signature Requirements for Statewide Offices on Petitions Filed for the 2020 Election
U.S. SENATOR, U.S. REPRESENTATIVE
Republican: 1,730 signatures (1% of the vote for the 2018 Republican gubernatorial candidate - 172,912)
Democrat: 1,615 signatures (1% of the vote for the 2018 democratic gubernatorial candidate - 161,454)
Libertarian: 50 signatures
Independent: 3,393 signatures (1% of the total vote for governor in 2018 - 339,214)
New Political Party: 250
*The Independent signature requirement would also apply to independent candidates for constitutional offices or public utilities commissioner.
*Independent candidates for president and their presidential electors may be on the general election ballot by petition. Any person interested in becoming a candidate must file a certification with the Secretary of State indicating the name of the candidate's vice-presidential running mate with the candidates nominating petitions.
2020 Presidential Party Certifications
Letters of intent from Democratic Candidates
Letters of intent from Republican Candidates
2020 Political Party State Conventions and Certification of Nominated Candidates
12-5-17. Biennial state conventions - Time and place--Notice to secretary of state. Each political party shall hold a state convention in each even-numbered year for the purposes stated in 12-5-21. The state central committee of each political party shall determine the time and place of the convention. The chair of the committee shall notify the secretary of state at least fifteen business days prior to the date chosen.
12-5-21. Nomination of state candidates not voted on at primary - Presidential electors and national committee members. The state convention shall nominate candidates for lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, commissioner of school and public lands, and public utilities commissioner and in the years when a President of the United States is to be elected, presidential electors and national committeeman and national committeewoman of the party.
*Additional political party convention information will be posted once we receive notification from the respective parties.
South Dakota Democratic Party - Saturday, June 20th 2020 at 9:00 AM
Due to the on-going COVID-19 Crisis, all convention business will take place virtually via Zoom, teleconference or some other "virtual" system.
4320 S. Louise Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
South Dakota Libertarian Party - Saturday, May 9th 2020 at 4 PM CT
351 S Pierre St
Pierre, SD 57501
South Dakota Republican Party - Friday-Saturday, June 19-20, 2020
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, attendance at the physical location of the convention will be limited and convention business will be handled through electronic means.
212 S Main Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104