How to Vote By Mail

How to Request a Ballot by Mail - Step by Step

This step by step guide will help you obtain your ballot by mail.


Download the printable guide here.


Read the press release from the Minnehaha County Auditor announcing a new way (by email) to submit your photo ID for verification during the application process.


Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am URGING all citizens to vote early by mail or in person!

Vote NOW and avoid the uncertainty!


Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

Call Greg: 605-929-9118

Email Greg: greg@gregforcouncil.com


**NOTE:  If you live in the Northwest district myself or one of my volunteers are willing to help you with this entire process!  

We are ready and willing to help you do this!  Just reach out and we can help you!**


  • Step 1 - Download and print the Absentee Ballot Application Form.  The Secretary of State is sending a form to ALL registered voters in the state in mid-April.  If you do not get one or still need a hard copy of the form and do not have a way to print it, please contact me and I will get a copy to you!  I can also fill out the form for you if you desire so all you have to do is sign and date it!


  • Step 2 - Fill out the required fields.  Please refer to the sample application form (at the bottom of this page) that shows the fields you need to fill in.  Required fields are highlighted in yellow.  Enter the County you reside in, for all voters in my district, that will be Minnehaha.  Enter your full name marked as line (1) which includes your name (Last, First, Middle, Suffix).  Enter your full address marked as line (2) including your address, city, state, and ZIP code.  ONLY fill out line (3) if you need the form mailed to somewhere other than where you are registered to vote.  In line (4) CHECK the boxes for "Municipal" and "School" as this is a combined City/School election.  Optionally, you might choose to select "All" instead so that you get absentee ballots for all elections for the rest of the 2020 calendar year.  This will ensure that you get a ballot for the city election in the mail, and you will get a ballot for the presidential election in November!  In line (5) enter your phone number, and MAKE SURE to check "Yes" to the question regarding whether you have lived at your address for at least 90 days in the last year or if you are a student living elsewhere.  ONLY fill in line (6) if you are a deployed service member.  STOP.  DO NOT fill out line (7) yet.  Continue to the next step.


  • Step 3 - Decide how you want to verify your identity.  You have three options.  You can either attach to your application a photocopy of your identification (drivers license, identification card, passport), email your photo ID to the County Auditor (at elections@minnehahacounty.org) (this method is allowed this year by order of the Secretary of State because of the COVID-19 pandemic), or you can have the form notarized.  You DO NOT have to have the form notarized and submit your photo ID - you only have to do one of the two.  For most people, making a copy of your ID or emailing it to the County Auditor is going to be the easiest option.  If you choose to email your photo ID, take a picture of it with a smart phone and then email it to the Minnehaha County Auditor (elections@minnehahacounty.org).  If you live in Lincoln county send your email to the Lincoln County Auditor (auditor@lincolncountysd.org).  You can put "Photo ID for absentee ballot" in the subject line, and a short explanation in the body of the message stating this is your photo ID and you will be sending in your absentee ballot application.  The auditor will match your emailed photo ID to your application when they receive the absentee ballot application in the mail.  If you have a phone, printer, and/or scanner, you can use the photocopy of your ID method.  You can scan and print your ID, or, you can take a picture of your ID with your phone, send it to your email, and then print it.    Alternatively, you can have someone else make a copy for you if necessary.  If you need help I can take a picture of your ID and email it to the auditor or print it for you, including at your door if you so desire.  Contact me if you need help.  If you are attaching a copy of an ID or emailing it to the auditor, sign and date the form in line (7) NOW.  If you do not want or cannot make a copy of your photo ID, have the form notarized.  DO NOT sign and date in line (7) until you do it in the presence of a notary.  Once you have completed one of those options, go on to the next step.


  • Step 4 - Address an envelope to the County Auditor as follows: 

Minnehaha County Auditor

415 N Dakota Ave

Sioux Falls, SD 57104


If you live in Lincoln County address your envelope as follows:

Lincoln County Auditor

104 N Main, Ste 110

Canton, SD 57013


  • Step 5 - Put the notarized form in the envelope, OR, if you did not have the form notarized put the application form in the envelope WITH A PHOTOCOPY OF YOUR PHOTO ID (if you emailed your photo ID to the County Auditor you do NOT need to include a photocopy of your photo ID).  Seal the envelope.  Add postage and mail it to the County Auditor.


Within 48 hours of receipt, the auditor is required to send you a ballot by mail.  Once you receive that ballot in the mail, follow the instruction to vote the ballot, put it back in the enclosed envelope, following all instructions, and promptly mail it back.  You're done!


Again, PLEASE CONTACT ME if you have ANY questions or difficulties.  I would be happy to assist you with any step including helping you fill out the form, making a photocopy of your ID or getting your form notarized.  I can assist with anything else as well!


Please see the example below to help you fill out your form.

Download Sample Ballot Application Form