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Voter Education

A Nonpartisan Resource for Clay County, South Dakota Election Information

Election Registration Deadlines
2022 General Election – November 8, 2022
Voter Registration Deadline – October 24, 2022
Absentee voting begins – September 23, 2022

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 November 8, 2022 election will be available at the County Auditor’s office September 23, 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.
Suite 200
Vermillion, SD 57069

Ballot Measures

Constitutional Amendment D
Title: An initiated amendment to the South Dakota Constitution expanding Medicaid Eligibility.


Initiated Measure 27
Title: An initiated measure legalizing the possession, use, and distribution of marijuana. 


Ballot Question Pamphlet 


U.S. Senate – South Dakota 

  1. Tamara J. Lesnar (L)
  2. John R. Thune (R)


U.S. Representative: The U.S. House of Representatives is one of two chambers for the federal legislature. Representatives begin the legislation process, offer amendments, and serve on committees.

  1. Collin Duprel (L)
  2. Dusty Johnson (R)


Governor: The Governor is the chief executive officer of a state and is responsible for implementing state laws and overseeing the operation of the state executive branch. The Governor oversees legislative proposals and vetoes, executive budgets, and implements executive orders.

  1. Kristi Noem (R)
  2. Tracey Quint (L)
  3. Jamie Smith (D) 


Lieutenant Governor: The Lieutenant Governor is the second-highest ranking official of the state executive office. The Lieutenant Governor is the first successor to the Governor and the presiding officer of the State Senate, only voting to break a tie.

  1. Jennifer Healy Kientz (D)
  2. Larry Rhoden (R)
  3. Ashley Strand (L) 


Secretary of State: The Secretary of State is the chief clerk of the state responsible for maintaining state records.

  1. Tom Cool (D)
  2. Monae Johnson (R)


State Auditor: The State Auditor is the chief accountant for the state. Auditors check the financial records of a state and make certain its accounts are being managed correctly.

  1. Stephanie Lynn Marty (D)
  2. Rene Meyer (L)
  3. Richard “Rich” Sattagast (R) 


State Treasure: The State Treasurer is the chief financial officer of the state that tracks state budgets, manages investments, and receives and deposits money for the state.

  1. John Cunningham (D)
  2. Josh Haeder (R)


State Representative: State Representatives are members of the state’s lower chamber, as part of the state’s bicameral legislature. State representatives are responsible for voting on: bills related to public policy matters, levels for state spending, raises or decreases in taxes, and whether to uphold or override gubernatorial vetoes.

 District 17 –

  1. Rebecca Engquist-Schroeder (D)
  2. Chris Kassin (R)
  3. William “Bill” Shorma (R)


County Legislature/Executive Board: The County Legislature or Executive Board is the governing body of the county and exercises broad policy-making authority. The Board is charged with implementing policy and overseeing the county budget process and allocation.

Clay County Commission Canidates

  1. James H. Bohnsack (R)
  2. Geoffrey Gray-Lobe (D)
  3. Constance Moore Nelsen (D) 
  4. David Thiesse (R)

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 – 2022 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


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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 FactCheck.org. 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.
  • BestColleges.com 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.
  • RetireGuide.com: 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 FactCheck.org.
  • Vote.org – Focused on voter turnout. Offers free tools and guides for voting in each state.
  • Vote411.org – 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.

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