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2024 Candidate Calendar

  • January 1, 2024
    • 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 26, 2024
    • 2023 Year-End Campaign Finance Report is due by 5:00 pm CT. 
    • Who files: Click here

  • Petition filing deadlines:
    • March 26, 2024 for Primary Election candidates
    • April 30, 2024 for Independent candidates
    • Candidate Financial Interest Statements (FIS) must be filed within 15 days after filing nominating petitions or a convention nomination certification.
  • April 19, 2024
    • Absentee-Voting begins for Primary Election

  • May 20, 2024
    • 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 4, 2024
    • Primary Election

  • August 6, 2024
    • 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.
  • September 20, 2024
    • Absentee-Voting begins for General Election

* 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. Dates may also change due to legislative changes.