Recognized Political Parties

A new political party may organize and participate in the primary election by filing a declaration signed by at least 6,936 registered voters, also containing name of proposed party and brief statement of principles.

Deadline: Last Tuesday of March at 5 p.m. prior to the date of the primary election
Submit to the Secretary of State's office, Pierre, SD

Upon filing the new party shall have all the rights of a political party whose ticket was on the ballot at the preceding general election.

Political Parties are required to adopt a constitution or bylaws governing its organization and conduct. The party central committee shall certify to and file with the Secretary of State a copy of the document and amendments within 30 days of their approval.

The Secretary of State shall promptly notify the county auditor of each county of the effect of any provision of a party Constitution or bylaw which affects an election to be conducted.

The number of signatures required on a nominating petition in each primary election following the qualification of a political party and prior to the next gubernatorial election, pursuant to 12-6-4, is:

State and Federal candidate: at least 250 registered members of that party

Legislative and County candidate: at least 5 registered members of that party

For more information on political parties and the primary process in South Dakota please refer to Chapters 12-5 and 12-6 of South Dakota Codified Law.

Contact Information

SD Democratic Party
PO Box 1485
Sioux Falls, SD 57101
Phone 605-271-5405
Fax 605-271-5405
Party Constitution

SD Republican Party
PO Box 1099
Pierre SD 57501
Phone 605-224-7347
Fax 605-224-7349
Party By-Laws