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Independent Candidate Information

Please note: Independent is not a political party in South Dakota. 

  • Independent candidates do not have to be registered as an Independent.  A candidate may be registered with a political party and run as an Independent candidate by submitting an Independent Nominating petition.
  • You will find the petition form for an independent candidate 05:02:08:05.
  • Independent candidates are automatically put on the General Election ballot and do not have a Primary Election.
  • Independent candidates CANNOT circulate petitions until on or after January 1, 2018.
  • You will find signature requirements for independent candidates here.  Independent candidates may collect signatures from any registered voter in the jurisdiction the candidate is running in.
  • The deadline to submit an independent candidate nominating petition is April 24, 2018.
  • Independent Sheriff candidates have to file a certification of qualification with the County Auditor (where they submitted their petitions) no later than June 5, 2018 (SDCL 23-3-43.1).
  • Independent Governor and Lt. Governor candidates:
    • Prior to circulating petitions the Independent candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor must sign a Declaration of Candidacy and Certification of Running Mate (SDCL 12-7-1.2). 05:02:08:05.01
    • A Governor candidate must circulate petitions and collect at least 2,775 valid signatures. These petitions are submitted with the Secretary of State’s office.
    • When a Governor candidate submits their petitions they must also submit the Declaration of Candidacy and Certification of Running Mate form that was signed prior to circulating petitions.  
  • Deadline for independent governor candidate to withdraw is August 7, 2018.
  • If a Lt. Governor candidate wishes to withdraw, a replacement must be named and a new Declaration of Candidacy and Certification of Running Mate form must be submitted with the Secretary of State’s office no later than August 14, 2018.
    • If a Lt. Governor replacement isn’t certified by August 14, 2018 then the independent candidate for Governor’s name will not be placed on the ballot (SDCL 12-7-1.2).