How to vote for Bernie Sanders in South Dakota

Register By

May 18 (Monday)

Primary On

June 2 (Tuesday)

South Dakota Primary: June 2, 2020

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South Dakota Voter Information

Get Registered

South Dakota has semi-closed primaries — South Dakotans must register as democrat or undeclared to vote for Bernie!

South Dakota does not have online registration, but you can fill out a registration form to print and mail in.

Register as a democrat or undeclared now!

You must be registered by May 18, 2020.

Not sure if you are registered, or what you're registered as? Check your current registration status online.

Go Vote!

Vote on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, from 7am-7pm.

Find your polling place here:

Check out the Official South Dakota 2020 Election Calendar here!

You can request your absentee ballot as early as 1/1/2020.

Id Requirement

All voters who appear at a polling place must show proof of identification

Voter Workplace Protection

Paid time off required, up to two hours. Not required if employee has two consecutive non-work hours available while polls are open

Early Voting

Vote Early in South Dakota! South Dakotans can vote in-person before election day! If you'll be out of town on June 2 or simply find it more convenient, vote early!

Early voting in South Dakota begins April 17 and ends on June 1.

Absentee voting and early voting begins – April 17, 2020

Registered voters can vote in-person once Absentee Voting begins at their County Auditor’s office by bringing along a valid photo identification card (ID). If a voter does not have a photo ID, they must be given the option to sign a personal identification affidavit and vote a regular ballot.

College Students

If you are a college student not living in your home state, you can vote for Bernie in either your home state or in the state in which you are attending school!

Military/Overseas Voters

If you are a Military Voter or a US Citizen living abroad, you are able to request a ballot here to vote for Bernie.

Become a Delegate for Bernie

Willing to go the extra mile to help Bernie get elected? We need 2,373 Bernie supporters to become a Delegate, travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and cast their vote for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention. Interested?

How to become a delegate in South Dakota

South Dakota has 21 delegates  

  • 11 district
  • 3 at large
  • 2 Pledged PLEOs
  • 5 Superdelegates

Superdelegates: Thomas Daschle, Paula A. Hawks, Deb J. Knecht, Randy Seiler, Bill E. Walsh

Important dates:

Filing period to become a District Delegate: February 10 – March 9, 2020

Regional /Legislative District Caucuses: March 14, 2020

Statewide Caucus in Pierre: March 21, 2020

Primary: June 2, 2020

File to become a PLEO or At Large Delegate: June 12, 2020

State Convention/State Party Central Committee: June 20, 2020

South Dakota Delegate Selection Plan

District Delegates (9) District level Alternates (2)

  • Make sure you are a registered Democrat
  • Determine the congressional district where you are registered
  • Before March 9, 2020 at 5 pm CST file a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support for Bernie
  • Forms are available beginning February 10, 2020. They may be mailed or scanned and emailed to South Dakota Democratic Party, PO Box 1485, Sioux Falls, SD 57101 or email to: Finance & Event Director Megan Forster at [email protected]
  • Show up with your supporters to vote in the March 14, 2020 to caucus in your Regional/Legislative District Caucus. All Democratic voters are eligible to attend the caucus in their region to vote for the delegates who will attend the State Caucus on March 21, 2020.
  • If elected at the Regional/Legislative District Caucus attend the March 21, 2020 State Caucus in Pierre to elect the District Delegate candidates and alternates that will appear on the June 2, 2020 Primary Ballot.
  • Attend June 20, 2020 State Convention to vote on the PLEO and At Large Delegates.

At Large Delegates (3) 

  • If you did not get elected as a District delegate you can try to become an At Large Delegate or an Alternate delegate.
  • File a Declaration of Candidacy and Pledge of Support for Bernie by noon on June 12, 2020
  • File with the State Party Chair, 1737 S. Cleveland, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
  • At-Large and Alternate delegates are elected by a quorum of South Dakota’s National Convention Delegates at the June 20, 2020 State Convention.

PLEO Delegates (2)

You have to be eligible to be a PLEO delegate. PLEOs are eligible according to the following priority: big city mayors and state-wide elected officials (to be given equal consideration); state legislative leaders, state legislators, and other state, county and local elected officials and party leaders. Help Bernie by encouraging qualified Bernie supporting people to file to become PLEO delegates.

  • File a Declaration of Candidacy and Pledge of Support for Bernie by noon on June 12, 2020
  • FIle with the State Party Chair, 1737 S. Cleveland, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
  • PLEO delegates are elected by a quorum of South Dakota’s National Convention Delegates at the June 20, 2020 State Convention

Standing Committee (3) and Delegation Chair

3 Standing Committee members (1 each on the Credentials, Platform and Rules committees) and the Delegation Chair are elected by a quorum of South Dakota’s National Convention Delegates on June 20, 2020 at the State Convention. You don’t have to be a delegate or alternate to be elected.

Convention Pages (11)

Convention Pages are selected by the State Democratic Chair before June 20, 2020.

If you have questions contact the South Dakota Democratic Party.


More Information

If you have any questions about voting in South Dakota you may contact your state official elections office or Democratic party.

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