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Absentee voting begins in South Dakota

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We're still more than a month away from the primary election, but South Dakotans can begin voting for their favorite candidates.

Friday marks the first day of absentee voting for the June 3 primary.

"To vote absentee by mail, voters must complete an absentee ballot application, sign it and either have it notarized or provide a copy of their photo identification card before returning it," Secretary of State Jason Gant said.

Applications are available in the offices of county auditors as well as online at sdsos.gov. The auditor will then mail a paper ballot to the voter to complete and return.

Residents may also vote absentee in person by visiting the office of their county auditor. There they may confirm voter registration, complete an application for an absentee ballot and then vote the ballot and return it to the auditor.

Military and overseas voters have the option of using a new system called iOASIS.  It turns a 60 day process into less than a 5 minute transaction. For more information, visit sdsos.gov/ioasis.

Applications can be returned at any time, but absentee voting begins 46 days prior to an election. In South Dakota, election officials must receive applications for absentee ballots no later than 5 p.m. the day before Election Day. Once an absentee ballot is completed, a voter may return it to the County Auditor in person or by mail.

A qualified voter who is confined due to sickness or disability may apply in writing for an absentee ballot via authorized messenger. An authorized messenger delivers the ballot from the election official to the qualified voter and then returns the marked ballot.


Breakdown of absentee voting in South Dakota:

1. Verify status as registered voter in South Dakota (register to vote or update registration through county auditor if needed; registration deadline is 15 days prior to an election).

2. Obtain absentee ballot application from County Auditor or online.

3. Fill out application, sign and have notarized or provide copy of a photo identification card (ID requirement waived only for overseas voters).

4. Return application in person, via authorized messenger or by mail (uniformed and overseas voters may also submit applications by fax or e-mail).

5. Fill out absentee ballot upon receipt and return to election official in person, via authorized messenger or by mail.

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