On November 2, 1889, South Dakota entered into the US. The state’s largest city is Sioux Falls and its state capital is Pierre. The state comprises an area of about 77,120 square miles, which makes it the 17th largest state in the US. People who live in the state are known as South Dakotans. The highest point is Harvey Peak, which rises 7,242 feet or 2,207 meters above sea level. The lowest points is located at Big Stone Lake, which is 962 feet or 29 ½ meters above sea level.
South Dakota attributes its name to the name the Sioux Native Americans once called themselves. The state’s nickname is “Mount Rushmore State” and the state motto is “Under God people rule.” The state song, “Hail, South Dakota,” is one that goes through the minds of felons who regain their right to vote.
Felons who are from South Dakota can regain their electoral privileges once they serve their sentence, including parole and probation. Voting rights are regained once they have met all the requirements established for restitution.
Felon Voting Law in South Dakota
To vote in South Dakota and re-register to vote, you must be at least 18 years old or older before a scheduled election date. You also must be a US citizen and resident of South Dakota. In South Dakota, a resident is defined as someone who has a place of fixed habitation, or one where, when you are absent, you plan to return. You should not be serving a sentence for a felony, whether it includes confinement, served or suspended, in a penitentiary system. A South Dakota social security number or state driver’s license are required to vote.
How a Felon in South Dakota Can Restore Their Voting Rights
The deadline to register to vote in South Dakota is 15 days before a scheduled election. Your voter’s registration card must be in receipt of the auditor’s hands in this span of time. The state permits parties to select the voters for their individual primaries. For example, both the Republican and Democratic primaries are closed to registered party members. Democrats in the state also include registered Independents.
You can go online and download a printable voter registration form and deliver it in-person or send it through the mail. In person, you can register at any of the following venues:
· The city finance office
· The county auditor’s office
· A driver’s license station
· Public assistance agencies that supply WIC, TANF or food stamps
· Military recruitment offices
· Department of Human Services offices that offer assistance to disabled individuals
Mail any completed voter’s registration form to the county auditor’s office. You can also receive verification of your right to vote by going online and contacting the Secretary of State’s office or the local county auditor. More information about the process can be reviewed by following this link.
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