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Voter Education

A Nonpartisan Resource for Clay County, South Dakota Election Information

Election Registration Deadlines

Register to Vote | Candidates | Government Sites | Campaign Finance | Debate Schedule | Fact Checking | General Resources | Political Parties

Register to Vote / Request an Absentee Ballot

Absentee voting for the June 7, 2022 election will be available at the County Auditor’s office April 22, 2022 (46 days prior to the election).

Print, complete, and mail an absentee ballot request here.

Mail your signed application, with a copy of your SD driver’s license (or signed by notary) to your County Election Official.

County Auditor for Clay County:
Carri Crum
211 W. Main St.
Ste 200
Vermillion, SD 57069


Mayor 4-Year Term
Jon Cole
Kelsey Collier-Wise

Central Ward 4-Year Term
Katherine Price
Carson Merkwan

Northwest Ward 4-Year Term
Leslie Gerrish
Mike Murra

Southeast Ward 4-Year Term
No Election Contest

Northeast Ward 4-Year Term
Ryan S. Church
Julia Hellwege

Government Sites
  • Clay County, South Dakota – Website for Clay County. Provides links and contact information for departments and offices within the county.
  • Federal Voting Assistance Program – Provides federal voting assistance for service members, their families, and overseas citizens.
  • General Election Results – View election results and information for the state of South Dakota. Includes ballot questions, voter turnout details, and recount information.
  • General South Dakota Voting Information – Find your polling place, learn polling hours, check your voter status, and learn what forms of identification are accepted at polling places in South Dakota.
  • Presidential Election Process – Learn about the presidential election process, including the Electoral College, caucuses and primaries, and the national conventions. Perfect for new voters.
  • South Dakota Election Information – 2020 calendar for Primary and General elections, including registration deadlines and absentee voting start dates.
  • South Dakota State Board of Elections – Find information on current South Dakota State Board members, including contact information, and meeting agendas and minutes.

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Campaign Finance Disclosures & Information

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Debate Schedule
City Hall Council Chambers 8:30am to 9:30am
  • April 27th, 2022 City Council
  • May 11th, 2022 Clay County Commissioners
  • May 18th, 2022 Mayoral
  • May 25th, 2022 Vermillion School Board

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Fact Checking
  • Annenberg Political Fact Check – A nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. Monitors the “factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.” A project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Center for Public Integrity – An award-winning, nonpartisan, investigative newsroom that “uncovers abuses of power and influence.”
  • FactStream – An app developed by the Reporter Lab at Duke University, and designed for iOS devices. “FactStream helps you find the truth in American politics by bringing together the work of the three largest U.S. fact-checking organizations – the Washington Post, PolitiFact and During major events such as speeches and debates, you can follow along as our partners fact-check in real time.”
  • Newsguard – This browser extension includes a “Green-Red ratings signal if a website is trying to get it right or instead has a hidden agenda or knowingly publishes falsehoods or propaganda.” Available for Chrome, Firefox, Firefox, and Safari.
  • Politifact – A fact-checking website owned by the nonprofit Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

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General Resources
  • Ballotpedia – A nonpartisan, nonprofit digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections. Includes neutral information on government officials and the offices they hold, political issues and public policy, elections, and candidates.
  • Student Voting Guide – Nonpartisan guide designed for college students.
  • League of Women Voters – “The League of Women Voters of the United States encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.”
  • League of Women Voters of South Dakota – South Dakota’s League of Women Voters encourages “informed and active participation in government.”
  • Project Vote Smart – A nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization whose mission is to “provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans.”
  • Public Agenda – Aims to help communities and the nation solve tough problems through research, engagement, and communication.
  • Seniors Voting Guide – A free site dedicated to providing accurate, useful information to help seniors fulfill their retirement goals. Voting Guide addresses how to safely vote and dives into some of the issues that matter to seniors.
  • Rock the Vote – A nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to engaging young voters.
  • South Dakota Public Broadcasting: 2020 Election – South Dakota guide to candidates, ballot measures, and voting methods.
  • TurboVote – Nonpartisan organization focused on increasing voter turnout to 80% by 2024. Texts the day before an election with a reminder and directions to your polling place.
  • U.S. Election Assistance Commission – Formed in response to HAVA. State by State election day contact information. A large glossary of terms translated into 10 languages.
  • U.S. Vote Foundation – Nonpartisan voter education including “My Voter Account” which allows you to track your preferred candidates and build a sample ballot. In partnership with
  • – Focused on voter turnout. Offers free tools and guides for voting in each state.
  • – A “one-stop-shop” for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the election process. Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund.

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Political Parties

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This page is compiled and maintained to the best of our ability as employees of the Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library. Links to political parties and/or campaign websites are for informational purposes only and do not in any way constitute an endorsement.