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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Election Updates and Information

The South Dakota Secretary of State’s Office and all local election officials understand everyone has pressing and important concerns regarding COVID-19. Our goal is ensuring each of South Dakota’s voters has access to exercise their right to vote without jeopardizing their health.

The Secretary of State’s office has received inquiries concerning the postponement of local elections and the primary election candidate petition deadline.  State law does not allow for the rescheduling of these dates or the extension of election deadlines.  At this time, all election dates and deadlines remain in place. Our office remains in consultation with Governor Noem and her staff and will continue to monitor COVID-19 developments.

March 18, 2020 Press Release

Recommendations for Election Processes

South Dakota Department of Health

Additional Resources

Staying Healthy:

  • Make sure to wash your hands frequently. 
  • Refrain from touching your face. 
  • Avoid groups larger than 10 people. 
  • Stay home if you can, especially if you are sick.
  • More tips are available on the CDC's website here.

Travel Assistance:

  • CDC travel health notices can be found here
  • International travel guidance issued by the Department of State is available here
  • State Department and specific country advisories are listed here.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus: fever, cough, shortness of breath - and have been in close contact with a person known to have coronavirus or have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of coronavirus, make sure to contact your health care provider immediately.

If you think you may have coronavirus, the CDC recommends calling your provider ahead of time for guidance on how the facility is handling cases before visiting the hospital in order to keep others from being exposed.