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South Dakota Midterm Election Guide

To our South Dakota family,


In preparation for the midterm election on November 8, we have prepared the following state voter guide to help you navigate and prepare for Election Day: where to vote; how to vote; and what’s on your ballot. We hope you find this guide helpful!


Please use this guide and share it with people who need it. An educated voter is a smart voter! Vote Smart!


Election Guide 2022:

South Dakota


Voter Registration Information:

Need to get registered, request an absentee ballot, or find your local polling place? All of that information and more can be found here: https://justfacts.votesmart.org/elections/voter-registration/SD


Need to contact your local election office for questions about your registration, ballot, polling place, or any other elections question? Find all their contact information here: https://justfacts.votesmart.org/elections/offices/SD


Elections/Candidates:


Congressional Elections: One seat for the U.S. House of Representatives and one seat for the U.S. Senate are up for election this year. See all the candidates running in these elections here:

Notable races include:


Gubernatorial Elections: Kristi Noem, Tracey Quint, and Jamie Smith are running for governor this year. See the full list of candidates running here:


State Legislature Elections: 70 seats for the South Dakota House of Representatives and 35 seats for the South Dakota Senate are up for election this year. See all the candidates running in these elections here:


Statewide Elections: Offices for Attorney General, Secretary of State, Auditor, Commissioner of Schools and Public Lands, and Treasurer are up for election this year. See all the candidates running in these elections here:


State Judicial Elections: Two justices are up for election this year from the South Dakota Supreme Court. See all the candidates running in these elections here:


Ballot Measures:

Here are the statewide ballot measures appearing on your November ballot:

  • South Dakota Constitutional Amendment D, Medicaid Expansion Initiative: Constitutional Amendment D would amend the constitution to require the state to provide Medicaid benefits to adults between 18 and 65 with incomes below 133% of the federal poverty level beginning July 1, 2023. Because the Affordable Care Act includes a 5% income disregard, this measure would effectively expand Medicaid to those with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level.

  • South Dakota Initiated Measure 27, Marijuana Legalization Initiative: This amendment would legalize the use and possession of recreational marijuana, as well as marijuana accessories and paraphernalia, in South Dakota for people who are at least 21 years old. Individuals would be allowed to possess or distribute up to one ounce of marijuana. An individual could own up to three marijuana plants (with no more than six plants per private property) as long as the individual lives in a jurisdiction where there is not a licensed marijuana retail store. The initiative would require that marijuana plants must be kept in a locked space and out of public view. Civil penalties would apply to individuals who violate provisions of this amendment.

See the full list of all 2022 national statewide ballot measures here: https://justfacts.votesmart.org/elections/ballot-measures/2022



Happy Election Season!


The Vote Smart Team

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