South Dakota Secretary of State

Employer / Organization

South Dakota

Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

Filing Window

Jan 01, 2022 - Apr 26, 2022


The Secretary of State of South Dakota is an elected executive position in the South Dakota state government. The secretary is responsible for maintaining official public documents, registering state lobbyists and administrating corporations, among other duties. The secretary also serves as the Chief Elections Officer and Chairman of the State Board of Elections. The secretary of state is the custodian of the state's official documents and legislative documents. This includes gubernatorial appointments to boards, commissions, agency offices, bills, journals and state Senate confirmations. Other duties and responsibilities include: maintaining a registrar of all lobbyists; commissioning and maintaining records of all notaries public; serving as the state's chief elections officer, keeping filed election results and candidate campaign reports; registering all trade marks, service marks, nonprofit and for-profit corporations, and limited partnerships; serving as the state's resource for the Uniform Commercial Code. The secretary also serves on the following boards and commissions: State Board of Elections (Chairman); State Board of Finance (Secretary); State Board of Canvassers (Member); Recorded of Permits for Concealed Weapons. The salary for this position is $83,135/year.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the South Dakota Secretary of State Election Services Division to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the correct candidacy filing paperwork. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including the appropriate campaign finance forms and (if you plan to run as an independent) a nominating petition. Nominating petition instructions can be found here: If you plan to run as a partisan candidate please contact your local party office for further instructions. 3) Submit the nominating petitions with the stipulated amount of signatures to the South Dakota Secretary of State Election Services Division by the filing deadline. The amount of required nominating petition signatures varies by office. The filing window for independents runs from the 1st of January until the last Tuesday of April at 5pm. The South Dakota Secretary of State Election Services Division is the point of contact for any questions or concerns you may have. The South Dakota Secretary of State Election Services Division can be reached at (605) 773-3537 and the Election Services Division website can be found here:

Submit application to:
South Dakota Secretary of State, 500 E Capitol Ave #204, Pierre, SD, 57501, US