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., Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Petitions must be returned by 5:00 pm, Friday, April 9, 2021, or postmarked by 5:00 pm, April 9, 2021.
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, 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.
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.