Town of Hermosa, South Dakota 

Where the Hills and Prairie Meet

Elections FAQs

Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions that we receive in our office.

  How do I register to vote?


To register to vote in South Dakota, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Reside in South Dakota (residency defined)
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
  • Not currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction which included imprisonment, served or suspended, in an adult penitentiary system (See additional felony information)
  • Not be judged mentally incompetent by a court of law


You can use attached form link (bottom of section) to:

  • Register to vote in South Dakota
  • Change your registration name or address
  • Change your party affiliation


You may also register to vote at the following locations:

  • County auditor's office
  • Hermosa Town Finance Office
  • Driver's license station
  • Public assistance agencies providing food stamps, TANF or WIC
  • Department of Human Services offices which provide assistance to the disabled
  • Military recruitment offices
  • Mail-in registration with cards from the county auditor's office or from one of the links above.


Party Registration:

  • The South Dakota Republican Primary is closed to only registered Republicans
  • The South Dakota Democratic Primary is open to registered Democrats and Independents, but not Republicans.


Voter Information Portal - Check your voter registration, precinct and polling place information
Voter Registration Drive Instructions 
Agency Instructions and Forms

Attached Document or FileSD Voter Registration Form How to register: Print the Voter Registration Form or, fill-out the on-line form, complete it, sign it and then send it to your County Auditor. Your card must be received by the auditor 15 days before any election if you are to vote in the next election.

  How do I vote absentee?


Absentee Voting:

If you are unable to attend your polling place in person on Election Day, you may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot.

To vote by absentee ballot, a voter must request an absentee ballot application from your County Election Official.

The County Election Official will send a paper absentee ballot to the voter. The voter then completes the ballot and returns it to the County Election Official. 

(NOTE:) You may download an absentee ballot application by clicking the attached document (bottom of this section).

In South Dakota, the County Election Official must receive your application for absentee ballot no later than 5 p.m. the day before the election. Make sure you are registered before you apply to vote by absentee ballot. You can confirm your registration by visiting the Voter Information Portal.

In the event of confinement because of sickness or disability, a qualified voter may apply in writing and obtain an absentee ballot by authorized messenger. An authorized messenger delivers the ballot from the County Election Official to the qualified voter and then delivers the marked ballot to the County Election Official. Any application for a ballot by authorized messenger must be received by the person in charge of the election before 3:00 p.m. the day of the election.

  Where do I vote?


For Hermosa Residents:

County: Custer Legislative

District: 30

Polling Place Name: Hermosa United Church of Christ

Polling Place Address: 102 2nd St N, Hermosa, SD

Precinct: Precinct-01

For individuals living outside of the Hermosa town limits, please visit South Dakota's Voter Information Portal to find your polling place.  This search shows your voter registration information, polling place location and your sample ballot for elections utilizing this system.  You will need:  First Name / Last Name / Date of Birth

 Who should I contact with further questions?


Custer County Auditor: Terri Cornelison

420 Mount Rushmore Rd.
Custer, SD 57730

Phone:  (605) 673-8109

Website: Custer County Auditor


Hermosa Town Finance Officer: Gail Boddicker
PO Box 298
Hermosa, SD 57744

Phone: (605) 255-4291


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