Election Results Explained

  • The first set of unofficial election night results will appear shortly after 8 p.m., September 14, 2021.  They will include mail ballots received before Election Day, including polls ballots from early voting between Sept. 11 - 13.  They will also include votes for qualified write-in candidates. 
  • After the first unofficial report, election night updates will add only ballots cast at polls on Election Day.  There will be no more updates to mail ballots and write-in candidates on election night.
  • Periodic updates will continue throughout election night until all polls ballots are reported. The next unofficial results update will be posted on Thursday, Sept. 16 after 5 p.m.  Additional updates may occur at the discretion of the Registrar of Voters.
  • After election night, voter turnout percentage will increase as timely and validly cast ballots, including mail and provisional ballots, are added into the count.
  • Mail ballots postmarked on Election Day and received by the Registrar’s office by Sept. 21 will be considered timely cast.
  • All results are unofficial until completion of the official canvass of the election on October 14, 2021.
  • Follow us on Twitter @sdvote for updates on election results reporting.