VOTE: Election 2020
South Dakota
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Voting

VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

ID Requirements
Photo identification is required:

South Dakota driver's license or nondriver ID card
U.S. government photo ID
U.S. passport
U.S. Armed Forces ID
Current student photo ID card from a South Dakota high school or South Dakota accredited institution of higher education
Tribal photo ID

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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in South Dakota?
Yes! You just need to request a ballot if you haven't already requested one.

Can I submit an application online?
No. You must mail an application to request your ballot. Download it by tapping the button below

What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
Your application must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 2., the day before Election Day.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your ballot must be received by your county election official on Election Day, in enough time to deliver your ballot to your voting precinct before polls close.

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Sept. 18

MILITARY OR VOTING OVERSEAS

Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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Get Ready to Vote
General Election
November 3
ELECTION DAY

To vote in your state, make sure you’re registered. Here are some important deadlines:

The deadline for mail registration is 10/19.

The deadline for in-person registration is 10/19.

South Dakota does not allow Election Day voter registration.

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What's on my ballot?

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.

He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.

Biden was the 47th vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017.

He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On January 12, 2017, Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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U.S. Senate South Dakota

Biography

Mike Rounds (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from South Dakota. He assumed office on January 6, 2015. His current term ends on January 3, 2027.

Rounds (Republican Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent South Dakota. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Rounds served as governor of South Dakota from 2003 to 2011.

He was also a member of the South Dakota State Senate from 1991-2001. From 1995 to 2000, he held the leadership position of Senate majority leader. He was born in South Dakota and has 10 younger siblings.

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Initiatives

South Dakota Constitutional Amendment A
Marijuana Legalization Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports the constitutional amendment to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and require the South Dakota State Legislature to pass laws providing for the use of medical marijuana and the sale of hemp by April 1, 2022.

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A "no" vote opposes legalizing marijuana for recreational use and requiring the state legislature to pass laws providing for the use of medical marijuana and the sale of hemp.

South Dakota Constitutional Amendment B
Deadwood Sports Betting Legalization Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports amending the state constitution to authorize the South Dakota State Legislature to legalize sports betting within the city limits of Deadwood, South Dakota, with all net municipal proceeds (defined) dedicated to the Deadwood Historic Restoration and Preservation Fund.

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A "no" vote opposes authorizing the legislature to legalize sports betting in Deadwood.

South Dakota Initiated Measure 26
Medical Marijuana Initiative (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports establishing a medical marijuana program in South Dakota for individuals with a debilitating medical condition.

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A "no" vote opposes establishing a medical marijuana program in South Dakota for individuals with a debilitating medical condition.