Four Tips For South Dakota School Board Elections


Tip #1 - Under what circumstances is a person not eligible to be a school board member?

No elective county, municipal, or state officer, or the holder of any other office in which the duties are incompatible or inconsistent with a school member’s duties, is eligible to be a school board member.  

Tip #2 - How does a candidate file his nominating petition?

A candidate for elective school board membership may be nominated if the candidate is a resident of the school district and a nominating petition has been filed on the person’s behalf with the school district’s business manager.   

Tip #3 - When does a candidate’s nominating petition have to be filed?

A candidate’s nominating petition must be filed no later than 5:00 P.M. on the Friday thirty-nine days before the date of the election.   

Tip #4 - When is a candidate’s nominating petition considered “filed”?

A candidate’s nominating petition is considered “filed” if it is mailed by registered mail by 5:00 P.M. on the Friday thirty-nine days before the election.

For more information about school board elections in South Dakota, read Chapter 4 of The South Dakota School Law Deskbook