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2016 Election Information
Results of the 2016 Election
City Council
Ward 1 Mike Bachand
Ward 2 David Martinson
Ward 3 No Election - Incumbent Jason Anderson ran unopposed
Ward 4 Steve Keszler

Mayor Mark Carstensen ran unopposed

Terms are for three years.  The new Council will be seated on May 2. 

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2016 Municipal Election to be held Tuesday, April 12

Candidates for 2016 Municipal Election  - The following candidates have successfully turned in petitions to run as candidates in the 2016 Municipal Election scheduled for April 12.

Mayor - Current Mayor Mark Carstensen is running unopposed. 
Ward 1 - Mike Bachand (incumbent) will be running against Brenda Vasknetz
Ward 2 - David Hersrud (incumbent) will be running against David Martinson and Mike Koch
Ward 3 - Jason Anderson (incumbent) is running unopposed
Ward 4 - Steve Keszler (interim appointee) is running against Donald Keil

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Municipal Election Information

Who Can Run For Office?

Petitions to run for office in the 2016 election may be picked up at City Hall starting January 29.  Valid petitions must be turned in at City Hall no later than February 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  The number of required signatures vary by ward and are based on the number of voters in the last general election and are determined by the City Finance Officer.  Those signing the petition must be valid registered voters.  It is recommended that you have extra signatures and turn in your petitions prior to the deadline date.  This will allow you time to get more signatures if needed.   

To be eligible to run for the office of City Council, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must be a US Citizen
  • You must reside in the ward you represent 

For more detailed information of the responsibilities of an elected official, visit the Council Orientation and Responsibilities Guide. 

View Ward Map   OR   Visit the Ward Locator Page and type in your address

Information regarding petitions from the Secretary of State.


Voter Registration

If you are not sure of your registration status, you can contact the Meade County Auditor’s Office at 347-2360 or visit the South Dakota Voter Information Portal to find your voting information.

How do I register?  If you are not currently a registered voter, you may register at several locations including Sturgis City Hall and the Meade County Auditor’s Office.  

Voting Options
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You can only vote for candidates running in the ward where you live, except for the Mayor which is a city-wide election.  

Sample ballots will be available at City Hall and on the City website by March 28.  Absentee ballots will be accepted at the City Finance Office starting  March 28.  Absentee voting will cease on Monday, April 11 at 5:00pm. 

Polls will be open at the Sturgis Community Center, 1401 Lazelle Street, from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12.  All voters are required to show a valid photo ID at the poll. 

South Dakota has in-person, absentee voting and absentee voting by mail.

To vote in-person absentee: Beginning 46 days before a Primary and General Election, and at least 15 days before any other election, any registered voter may request an absentee ballot from the City Finance Office during regular office hours up to 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. Photo identification is required when voting in-person absentee.

To vote absentee by mail: Complete an Absentee Ballot Application Form and return it to the City Finance Office located at 1040 Harley-Davidson Way, Sturgis SD 57785.  When absentee voting becomes available, a ballot will be sent to you.  Absentee ballots must be returned to the City Finance Office prior to 5:00pm on April 11.

To Vote In Person on April 12:  The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Sturgis Community Center located at 1401 Lazelle Street.  All voters must show valid proof of identification at the poll. 

The acceptable forms of photo ID are:

  • A South Dakota driver's license or non-driver ID card;
  • A passport or other picture ID issued by the United States government;
  • A tribal photo ID; or
  • A current student photo ID issued by a South Dakota high school or post secondary education institution.

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  • Campaign signs can only be placed on private property with the property owners permission.
  • You may not place campaign signs along City right of way such as along sidewalks or streets or anywhere on City property.  As a general rule, you must keep the signs on the private property side of the sidewalk, not out along the street.
  • Signs can not exceed 32 square feet in size and must be removed within one week after the election.  If high winds or other weather related events take place causing the signs to move from their original location, they will be collected with all other debris and will be disposed of.
  • No campaigning of any sort (including signs) is allowed within 100 feet of a polling location.  This is regulated by SD codified law 12-18-3 and is strictly enforced.

If signs are placed in violation of any of the specifications listed here, they will be removed without notice by the Code Enforcement Officer. 

Unofficial results of the election will be posted on this website and on the City Facebook page as soon as results are known.  Official results will be declared within seven days once the votes are canvassed.

At the first meeting in May the new Council is seated and the full Council elects a President and Vice-President. These positions within the Council are held for three years.

For more information about all election rules and laws visit the Secretary of State's website.

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City of Sturgis,1040 Harley-Davidson Way, Sturgis, SD, 57785 • Ph: (605) 347-4422 • 

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