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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, 2020.
  • 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 28, 2020.
  • Independent Sheriff candidates have to file a certification of qualification with the County Auditor (where they submitted their petitions) no later than June 2, 2020 (SDCL 23-3-43.1).
  • For information on independent presidential candidates, please click here.