General Information for Municipal Elections
The City of Sturgis holds municipal elections two out of every three years. Once elected, City Council terms are for three years.
Election 2019 - Will take place on Tuesday, April 9. There will be a Mayoral race as well as races in Wards 2 and 3. The incumbents in Wards 1 and 4 had no opposition. View the sample ballots.
Mayor – Incumbent Mark Carstensen and Desaree’ Dargatz
Ward 2 – Incumbent David Martinson and Andy Wildberger
Ward 3 – Incumbent Jason Anderson and David Murtha
The following two incumbents are running unopposed: Ward 1 Mike Bachand and Ward 4 Steve Keszler.
Who Can Run For Office?
Petitions to run for office may be picked up at City Hall starting January 25, 2019. Valid petitions must be turned in at City Hall no later than February 22, 2019 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:
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
If you are considering running for office, please read this: Information regarding petitions from the Secretary of State.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE TO VOTE IN A MUNICIPAL ELECTION IS 15 DAYS PRIOR TO THE ELECTION.
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 website 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.
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 prior to the election. Absentee ballots will be accepted at the City Finance Office. Absentee voting will cease at 3:00 pm on Election Day.
Polls will be open at the Sturgis Community Center, 1401 Lazelle Street, from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. 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. posted: March 25, 2019 - ABSENTEE VOTING FOR THE 2019 ELECTION IS NOW OPEN.
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 3:00 on Election Day.
To Vote In Person on Election Day: 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:
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 Council 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.