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2022 Candidate Calendar

  • January 1, 2022
    • All candidates that file with the Secretary of State's office may begin circulating petitions.
    • Statement of Organization is due 15 days after becoming a candidate. The candidate committees that have not already filed a statement of organization, must file not later than 15 days after the date upon which the committee made contributions, received contributions or paid expenses in excess of $500 unless such activity falls within 30 days of any statewide election, in which case the statement of organization shall be filed within 48 hours.

  • January 28, 2022
    • 2021 Year-End Campaign Finance Report is due by 5:00 pm CT. 
    • Who files: Click here

  • Petition filing deadlines:
    • March 29, 2022 for Primary Election candidates
    • April 26, 2022 for Independent candidates
    • Candidate Financial Interest Statements (FIS) must be filed within 15 days after filing nominating petitions or a convention nomination certification.

  • May 23, 2022
    • Pre-Primary Campaign Finance Report is due by 5:00 pm CT.
    • **Law change July 1, 2019** (All candidates running for a legislative or county office with a recognized political party shall file a pre-primary report if there is any primary race for that particular office in the legislative district or county)
    • Who files: Click here

  • June 7, 2022
    • Primary Election

  • August 2, 2022
    • Deadline to withdraw from the General Election is by 5:00 pm local time (SDCL 12-6-55).  The request shall be filed where you filed your nominating petitions. There is no registered mail option for this request. The auditor must have the request in hand by 5:00 pm local time for it to be considered timely filed.

* 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.

12-6-65 Notwithstanding any other provisions, if a candidate has been defeated in a primary election for office in the Legislature, the candidate may not run for that office under the affiliation of a different political party in the same election year as the primary election.

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.