2019-20 Election Workshop Webinars upcoming


2019-20 Election Workshop Webinars upcoming

Six webinar workshops – with two different times available – are scheduled to assist election officers in conducting elections for the 2019-20 school year.


The Secretary of State’s office, Associated School Boards of South Dakota and the South Dakota Municipal League will again co-sponsor workshops covering all aspects of elections – from notices to the final canvass – including question-and-answer sessions.


There are six, FREE School Election Workshop webinars scheduled to assist election officers in conducting elections with two different times scheduled, one at 9:30 a.m. (CDT) and another at 2:30 p.m. (CDT) with the length of the webinar varying; dates include:


Thursday, December 5, 2019

  • Election Types and Date (don’t forget to set your date)
  • Combining elections vs. holding elections on the same day
  • Election Calendar (appoint your election boards sooner rather than later)
  • Precinct and Election Boards
  • Public Notices
  • Walk through the Secretary of State’s website and the Legislative Research Council’s site

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

  • Candidate Eligibility Requirements
  • Petitions – Forms, Deadlines, Signature Requirements (change for cities) and Counting Signatures (walk through petition checklist). New petition challenge law.
  • What if no one files?
  • Financial Interest Statements (have to be filed every year now for applicable cities and schools)
  • Vacancies –What Creates a Vacancy and How to Fill It
  • Campaign Finance (for applicable cities and schools) – Who is Required to File, Restrictions, Disclaimers and Forms

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

  • Ballot Preparation
  • Who Can Vote – Voter Registration and Residency

Thursday, January 9, 2020

  • Absentee Voting – Application, Voting In-Person or by Mail, UOCAVA Voters (walk through SOS handout)

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

  • Election Worker Training – you may use this to train your election workers.
  • Walk through the Precinct Manual as a guide on “What to do on Election Day.”

Thursday, January 23, 2020

  • What to ask your county auditor for (VR list, schools make sure to ask for all the counties your district covers)
  • What should you, as the person in charge of the election, do on Election Day?
  • Counting, Canvassing and Recounting – Provisional Ballots, Duties of Canvassers and Recount Process

Each webinar is limited to 100 participants and anyone wishing to attend a webinar can download the registration form here (page 2) and return it via email to Lisa@sdmunicipalleague.org.


Those who register to attend the webinars will be emailed the login and call-in information one week prior to each workshop date.


If you have any questions about the in-person or webinar workshops, please contact Lori Martinec at Martinec@sdmunicipalleague.org or at 605-224-8654.

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