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Voting During COVID-19

With the current health concerns and recommendations for social distancing, Disability Rights South Dakota has received some questions regarding when/how to absentee vote. Absentee voting for the June 2nd Primary elections begins April 17th, and you can also request to vote in city and school elections absentee. Below, you can find a link to the Secretary of State's website that details the process and provides the form needed to request an absentee ballot. You will see a spot on the form for a notary--if a notary is not available, a copy of a state photo ID can be sent with the application. If you have any questions or need assistance to print the forms, please contact our office at 1-800-658-4782, and we will do our best to assist you.  

Absentee Voting:

  • DRSD Statement on Voting During COVID-19 - With local and primary elections approaching fast, South Dakota voters will need to determine the safest way to vote. While voting at a polling site on election day is the preferred choice, there are other options such as early voting or requesting an absentee ballot, to help keep everyone safe during this unusual election season. Read this statement to learn more about how to vote absentee.

  • Secretary of State - Absentee Voting

Vote For Access:

Vote for Access is a series of five short advocacy videos on the barriers that many disabled voters still face when trying to vote. This non-partisan project is produced by Rooted in Rights and Block by Block Creative, in collaboration with a number of Protection and Advocacy agencies across the country, including DRSD. Our goal is to push for better resources, funding, and awareness to improve accessibility and outreach for disabled voters.

Each episode showcases a specific issue that directly impacts voters with disabilities: attitudinal barriers, access to information, access to the polls, access to alternative voting options, and voter suppression. Our host, Imani Barbarin, introduces considerations that often aren’t included in conversations about voting rights. Imani is joined by 16 guests from around the country who speak to their experiences as voters, poll workers, and researchers who can help us understand a better way to ensure equality at the polls.

Check out all five episodes in the playlist below!

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