The Sioux Falls School District will be holding a School Board election on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

There are 5 candidates running for 2 open seats. (Current Board Members, Kate Parker, and Todd Thoelke’s terms are expiring in July.) The candidates are:

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 in to the county auditor's office by 5:00 pm, May 3, 2021. This form may also be used to change your address, name, party affiliation, etc.

Absentee Voting - will begin May 3, 2021

Absentee balloting by mail or in person at the Instructional Planning Center, 201 E 38th 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 on 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.  

Those filling out the application must provide a copy of the Driver’s license, tribal ID with a picture, South Dakota High School, College or University Student ID, or a passport or other federal governmental ID. If a copy of the proof of identification is not attached, then the applicant's 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 Sheri Lund
104 N Main, Ste. 110
Canton, SD 57013-1703
P: (605) 764-2581
P: (605) 764-0134
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Minnehaha County Bennett Kyte
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 an authorized messenger. An authorized messenger delivers the ballot to 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.

Vote Center Locations

The District will conduct its Election using 13 vote centers.  Voters may go to any one of the 13 locations to cast their ballot.

  • Peace Lutheran Church
  • Memorial Middle School
  • Career & Tech Ed Academy
  • Maricar Community Center
  • Oyate Community Center
  • Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
  • First Lutheran Church
  • Wesley United Methodist Church
  • Kenny Anderson Community Center
  • Morningside Community Center
  • Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
  • Faith Baptist Fellowship Hall
  • Instructional Planning Center

Sioux Area Metro is providing free bus rides to help people vote early for the Sioux Falls School District School Board election. Voters who need a ride can use Route 5 to reach the Instructional Planning Center. Free daily passes will be given to any rider that uses the nearby bus stop at 38th Street and Phillips Avenue, between May 5th and May 17th. SAM is also offering free rides to the IPC for Paratransit riders for early voting.


For more information, call Sioux Area Metro at (605) 367-7151.

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