What to Know Now:

Voting Information for 2020 Election Day will be April 14, 2020, Postponed until June 2nd.

Due to the Coronavirus epidemic, the Combined City/School Election will be postponed.  The South Dakota Legislature enacted a law that would move local April elections to any Tuesday in June.  The City will determine a new date and a new list of polling places.

The District will combine with the City of Sioux Falls for its annual election for membership on the Sioux Falls School Board. The Board will have one vacancy this year when Cynthia H. Mickelson's term expires.

Sarah Stokke for the 2020 Election

   

Cynthia Mickelson for the 2020 Election

    

Any person wishing to become a candidate for the office of School Board must complete and circulate a nominating petition to be signed by 20 registered voters of the Sioux Falls School District. Candidates must be registered voters residing in the Sioux Falls School District. Petitions will be available from the Office of the Business Manager beginning at 7:30 a.m., Friday, January 31, 2020. Petitions must be returned by 5:00 pm, February 28, 2020, or postmarked by 5:00 pm, February 28, 2020.

Voter Registration - You may register to vote in the annual election by completing a voter registration form and returning it to your county auditor. Voter registration forms must be turned into the county auditor's office by 5:00 pm, March 30, 2020. Voter Registration forms are available here. This form may also be used to change your address, name, party affiliation, etc.

Absentee Voting - ABSENTEE BALLOTING WILL CONTINUE BY MAIL OR IN PERSON AT ELECTION CENTRAL, 220 W 6TH STREET. Registered voters can vote in-person prior to election day by bringing along a valid photo identification card (ID), such as a driver’s license, tribal photo ID, local high school ID, college or university ID from a South Dakota institution, or a passport or other federal government-issued ID. If a voter does not have a photo ID, they must sign a personal identification affidavit and will vote a regular ballot.

Absentee Voting by Mail Prior to Election Day

If you are unable to cast a ballot on Election Day, you may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot. To vote by absentee ballot, a voter must request an absentee ballot application from the county in which they reside.  Due to COVID-19, you may want to practice social distancing and cast your ballot via mail.

Those filling out the application must provide a copy of the Driver’s license, tribal ID, High School, College or University Student ID, or a passport or other federal governmental ID. If they do not have a copy attached, then their signature must be notarized. The voter must also make sure they check the box that says they have lived in the Municipality/School District for 30 days in the past year. The absentee application must be sent to the county auditor’s office.

Lincoln County Marlene Sweeter
104 N Main, Ste. 110
Canton, SD 57013-1703
P: (605) 764-2581
P: (605) 764-0134
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Minnehaha County Bob Litz
415 N. Dakota Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104-2465
P: (605) 367-4220
P: (605) 367-7409
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In South Dakota, the County Election Official must receive your application for absentee ballot no later than 5:00 pm the day before the election. Make sure you are registered before you apply to vote by absentee ballot.

Absentee Voting by Messenger

In the event of confinement because of sickness or disability, a qualified voter may apply in writing and obtain an absentee ballot by authorized messenger. An authorized messenger delivers the ballot from the qualified voter and then delivers the marked ballot to the District election official. Any application for a ballot by authorized messenger must be received by the person in charge of the election before 3:00 pm on the day of the election.

Update on City/School District Annual Election

  1. Voters are encouraged to vote absentee by mail.  This requires voters if they haven't yet done so, to submit an Absentee Ballot Application to their County Auditor.  Go to www.sdsos.gov or www.siouxfalls.org/election (see "Absentee Voting") to find an Absentee Ballot Application.  You must submit an original, signed application to your County Auditor as soon as possible.  Ballots will be mailed beginning no later than Monday, March 30.  When you receive your ballot, complete it, add postage, and return it in the provided envelope.
  2. Replacement and Back-Up Poll Workers Needed.  Registered voters in the City and/or the Sioux Falls School District are asked to sign up as a replacement or back up polling place worker for the Combined City/Sioux Falls School Board Election on Tuesday, April 14.  These elections typically require 250 election workers to manage 67 precincts at 54 locations.  Positions available are Precinct Superintendents and Deputies.  If you are able to serve as a poll worker on April 14, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 367-8080 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (preferred) to sign up as a Superintendent or Deputy.  Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. but workers generally arrive at the polling place at 6:00 a.m. for set-up.  Persons who have not served as a poll worker will be provided with training.
  3. Residents should watch for updates on polling places. Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community and First Station #7 will not be a polling place for this election.  Voters should expect other polling place changes in the coming weeks due to COVID-19.  Check the Secretary of State's Voter Information Portal at www.sdsos.gov or by going to www.siouxfalls.org to find your polling place.
  4. Ensure Your Voter Registration is Current.  To vote on Tuesday, June 2nd Election, either by absentee or on Election Day, you must be registered to vote by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 30.  You can check your voter registration online at the Secretary of State's website.  To register or update your voter information, visit either of the web pages listed above to download a registration form.  Forms must be submitted to your county auditor or other approved locations by the deadline.  See "Voter Registration" at www.siouxfalls.org/election for resources.
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