The right to a free and fair election is the foundation of our democracy in our nation. My number one job as Chief Election Officer is to ensure that we conduct fair and accurate elections for the citizens of South Dakota. Our office will continue to focus our resources on the protection of our election systems and overall election security. We remain committed and proud of our involvement at the forefront of election security planning and the start of post-election auditing.
-Monae L. Johnson, Secretary of State
The South Dakota Secretary of State's Office is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all voters and the election process in South Dakota. Please learn about the safeguards in place and how you can get involved.
Please visit our FAQ page to find the facts on South Dakota elections.
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Read on to learn more about the threats to elections, what we are actively doing, and how you can help.
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South Dakota's elections are secure. Everyone can be confident that their vote is counted. Votes are counted accurately, and the results reflect the will of the voters of South Dakota.
Russia, China, Iran, and other countries are constantly trying to influence the elections in South Dakota and across the United States. They know that our processes are safe and secure so what they do is spread lies about voter fraud, dirty voter rolls, mail ballots, and that the results of our elections are not accurate. Their end goal is to cause our voters to lose confidence in our elections. This amplification of disinformation from foreign threats will continue as they try to damage the United States election system. Domestic intimidations are increasing. There are more and more extreme groups within the US and our state that work to undermine the sanctity of elections with their false rhetoric and lies.