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Independent Candidate Information

Please note: Independent is not a political party in South Dakota. 

  • Independent candidates do not have to be registered as an Independent.  A candidate may be registered with a political party and run as an Independent candidate by submitting an Independent Nominating petition.
  • You will find the petition form for an independent candidate 05:02:08:05.
  • Independent candidates are automatically put on the General Election ballot and do not have a Primary Election.
  • Independent candidates CANNOT circulate petitions until on or after January 1, 2022.
  • You will find signature requirements for independent candidates here. Independent candidates may collect signatures from any registered voter in the jurisdiction the candidate is running in.
  • The deadline to submit an independent candidate nominating petition is April 26, 2022.
  • Independent Sheriff candidates have to file a certification of qualification with the County Auditor (where they submitted their petitions) no later than June 7, 2022 (SDCL 23-3-43.1).

Independent candidates that have filed petitions to appear on the 2022 General Election ballot can be found here.