January 16, 2021



2020 General Election Information


Notice is hereby given that the automatic tabulating equipment will be tested to ascertain that it will correctly count the votes for all offices and measures that are to be cast at the general election held on the 3rd day of November, 2020.

The test will be conducted on the 23rd day of October, 2020, at 1:30 o’clock p.m. at the following location: Hand County Commission Chambers, 2nd Floor of the courthouse.

Dated this 9th day of October, 2020.

Doug DeBoer – Auditor


Voter registration for the General Election to be held on November 3, 2020, will close on October 19, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Failure to register by this date will cause forfeiture of voting rights for this election. If you are in doubt about whether you are registered, check the Voter Information Portal at www.sdsos.gov or call the county auditor at 605-853-2182.

Registration may be completed during regular business hours at the county auditor’s office, municipal finance office, secretary of state’s office, and those locations which provide driver’s licenses, SNAP, TANF, WIC, military recruitment, and assistance to the disabled as provided by the Department of Human Services. You may contact the county auditor to request a mail-in registration form or access a mail-in form at www.sdsos.gov

Any voter who needs assistance, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may contact the county auditor for information and special assistance in voter registration.

Election Day:  November 3, 2020

Hand County will have all eight polling places open to the public for voting in person.  The locations will remain the same as they have been:

St. Mary’s Church Hall in Zell

The Polo School in Polo

The Methodist Church in Miller

The Courthouse Assembly Room in Miller

The Saint Lawrence Town Hall in Saint Lawrence

The gymnasium at Sunshine Bible Academy

The Ree Heights Community Auditorium

The home of Doug Schiltz on the west edge of Vayland.

Current hygiene practices related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be exercised to provide a safe environment for voters.

South Dakota Secretary of State Pamphlet on Ballot Questions

Sample Ballots are available via the “South Dakota Voter Information Portal”.  The link is below.

Information for voters can be found on the VOTER INFORMATION PORTABLE hosted by the Secretary of State.

      • https://vip.sdsos.gov/vipLogin.aspx
      • Current Voter Registration Status
        • Input your name as registered, your date of birth or zip code
      • Once you open your record, you can view:
        • Your information as it appears “on the record”
        • A sample ballot for your precinct
        • A link to download the voter registration form for updates.
        • Information on how to reach your county election official.
      • Absentee Voting information is available at:

To see who is running for the various offices in the state, click the link below:

https://vip.sdsos.gov/candidatelist.aspx?eid=422 (use the search feature to narrow your search)

2020 Primary Election Sample Ballots

“OFFICIAL” Sample Ballots in conformity with State Law.

Republican, Democratic and Non-Politically Affiliated Ballots (All one file)



(Taken from the Secretary of State’s Election Calendar)


Date of South Dakota’s 2020 Primary Election – June 2, 2020
Absentee voting begins – April 17, 2020
Voter Registration Deadline – May 18, 2020

Date of South Dakota’s 2020 General Election – November 3, 2020
Absentee voting begins – September 18, 2020
Voter Registration Deadline – October 19, 2020

Check your voter registration status online.

Voter Registration Form (Fillable PDF) (Suspended 15 days in advance of the election)

Absentee Voting Informational Page (Redirects to the Secretary of State’s Website)

PDF Form Fill Form to use when requesting a list of voters from the Auditor or Secretary of State.

  • Checklist to be used when validating the request for voter information.

Secretary of State 2020 Election Calendar (If you are running for office, you should download or print this file)

2019-2020 South Dakota Voter Registration File – Data Request Form

Municipal Election Handbook can be found by clicking here.

ES&S DS200 Ballot Tabulator (Will replace our current M100 units).

ES&S “Express Vote” touch-screen voting machine. (Will replace our current Automark machines).


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides specifications for accessibility to polling places.  This download provides guidance on those specifications.

A direct link to the ADA document is available by clicking HERE.

South Dakota Secretary of State’s Information on accessibility is found on their website at this LINK