Terms Used In South Dakota Codified Laws 12-19-9.1

  • affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Candidate: a person whose name is on the ballot or who is entitled to be on the ballot to be voted upon for nomination or election at any election. See South Dakota Codified Laws 12-1-3
  • Election: any election held under the laws of this state. See South Dakota Codified Laws 12-1-3
  • General election: the vote required to be taken in each voting precinct of the state on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year. See South Dakota Codified Laws 12-1-3
  • Independent: or "no party affiliation" any voter who writes Independent, I, Ind, the field is blank, no party affiliation, no party, no choice, nonpartisan, or line crossed off in the Choice of Party field on the voter registration form. See South Dakota Codified Laws 12-1-3
  • Independent candidate: notwithstanding the definition of independent as stated in this chapter, any registered voter regardless of party affiliation who declares to be an independent candidate for public office pursuant to this chapter. See South Dakota Codified Laws 12-1-3
  • Other: any voter who writes a political party not recognized in South Dakota in the choice of party field on the voter registration form. See South Dakota Codified Laws 12-1-3
  • Person: includes natural persons, partnerships, associations, cooperative corporations, limited liability companies, and corporations. See
  • Person: includes natural persons, partnerships, associations, cooperative corporations, limited liability companies, and corporations. See
  • Person: includes natural persons, partnerships, associations, cooperative corporations, limited liability companies, and corporations. See
  • Person in charge of an election: or "person charged with the conduct of an election" the county auditor in all cases except local elections for a municipality, school district, township, or other political subdivision, in which case it is the officer having the position comparable to the auditor in that unit of government if not specifically designated by law. See South Dakota Codified Laws 12-1-3
  • Political party: a party whose candidate for Governor at the last preceding general election at which a Governor was elected received at least two and one-half percent of the total votes cast for Governor. See South Dakota Codified Laws 12-1-3
  • Voter: a person duly registered to vote or one who is performing the act of voting. See South Dakota Codified Laws 12-1-3
If there is any nursing facility, assisted living center, or hospital, as defined in § 34-12-1.1, within any county from which there might reasonably be expected to be five or more absentee applications, the county auditor shall notify the person in charge of that facility and the chair of the county central committee of each party and any other person who has filed a request to be notified of the date and time at which representatives of the auditor’s office will be present to assist the residents of that facility to vote, utilizing the absentee procedure. Any political party, independent candidate, and nonpolitical candidate may assign a person to accompany the auditor’s representatives. At the date and time announced, the auditor’s representative and the representatives of the parties, independent candidates, and nonpolitical candidates shall deliver ballots to and assist all persons at that facility who desire such assistance and who have applied for absentee ballots. This section applies only to a general election.

     If a person in charge of an election conducts absentee voting at a nursing facility, assisted living center, or hospital as defined in § 34-12-1.1, the voter shall complete a combined absentee ballot application/return envelope and the identification and affidavit requirements provided in § 12-19-2.1 are waived.

Source: SL 1972, ch 89; SL 1981, ch 125; SL 1997, ch 82, § 1; SL 2003, ch 82, § 5; SL 2006, ch 72, § 5.