In the last presidential election, 72.3 percent of registered voters cast ballots in South Dakota.

In 2016, Jones County boasted the largest percentage of participating registered voters at 83.6 percent.

South Dakota ranked No. 27 in the nation for voting-age turnout at 56.7 percent. Minnesota ranked No. 1 and Hawaii placed last in the nation.

More women than men voted in the last presidential election, at 61.7 percent versus 56.6 percent, respectively.

Thursday, 24 August 2017 08:28

Civic Engagement Data Now Online

The South Dakota Dashboard Now offers interactive charts that feature both registered voter turnout as well as estimates of voting-age population turnout.

The registered voter turnout data hub features data gathered from the South Dakota Secretary of State’s office going back to the year 2000. The interactive charts feature breakdowns by county, metropolitan area and metropolitan versus rural areas. Viewers can easily peruse the charts to see trends in voter turnout from one election cycle to the next.

Meanwhile, the voting-age population turnout data hub features estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. This information is broken down into several categories, including race, income, educational attainment, gender, and disability status. For example, in 2016 individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 had the lowest estimated voter participation rate at just 31.6 percent.

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 14:40

Registered Voter Turnout

Three-Quarters of Registered Voters Cast Ballots in Presidential Election Years

As is typical across the nation, more South Dakotans tend to vote in years with a presidential election than in midterm election years. In 2016, 72.6% of registered voters in South Dakota cast ballots, according to data from the South Dakota Secretary of State’s office. In 2014, the most recent non-presidential election year, just 54.2 % of registered voters cast ballots.

Voter turnout was lowest in rural counties. The South Dakota Secretary of State’s office reports that turnout of registered voters was  73.6%  in metropolitan counties, 73.8%  in micropolitan counties, and only 68.3%  in rural counties.  The secretary found similar voting patterns in 2008 as turnouts of registered voters in that election year were 75.7%  metropolitan counties, 72.7% for micropolitan counties, and just 63.9% for rural counties.

Of South Dakota’s 66 counties, Jones County had the highest registered voter turnout in 2016 at 83.6%, followed by Harding County with 82.3%. Oglala Lakota County had the lowest registered voter turnout at 37.4%. While Harding and Jones County boasted the highest turnout rates in the state in 2016, they were also the state’s least populated counties at 1,278 and 927 people, respectively.  The counties with the highest and lowest turnout can be viewed below:


County Percent Registered Voter Turnout Rank
Jones 83.6 1
Harding 82.3 2
Bon Homme 80.0 3
Ziebach 50.5 64
Todd 36.6 65
Oglala Lakota 37.4 66

The Black Hills region has consistently had a slightly lower registered voter turnout rate than the state as a whole since 2000. In 2016, The 70.7% of registered voters in the Black Hills voted, just below the state turnout rate of 72.3%.

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Below you will find graphs highlighting the amount of total assets of the community foundations in South Dakota as well as the amounts given by the foundations in 2014. For more information on philanthropic giving in South Dakota, please visit the Foundation Center's website


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Today is #GivingTuesday, which marks the beginning of the giving season. Consider a tax-exempt gift to the South Dakota Dashboard today! Your gift not only helps us meet our year end goals, but ensures that local news, information and data remain publicly available for years to come.

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On September 29, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari participated in several listening sessions with community leaders and a town hall luncheon on the School of Mines & Technology Campus. Listening session topics included new developments in the Rapid City Collective Impact initiative, highlights of the Rapid City Downtown Master Plan, an economic impact analysis of Main Street Square, and the outlook for wages and employment in Rapid City.  

During the town hall luncheon, Kashkari and former Congresswoman Heather Wilson (now president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology) shared dramatic stories of their roles in the historic 2008 bailout, when Kashkari led the Troubled Asset Relief Program at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Kashkari also provided an overview of the Minneapolis Fed's initiative to end Too Big To Fail (TBTF) banks

When asked about the survival of community banks facing regulatory compliance issues, Kashkari emphasized the importance of ending TBTF banks first. “If we don’t change anything, more consolidation is coming. Unless somebody does something, that trend is going to continue. My hope is that if we as a country can do something about the biggest banks, and have confidence that we’ve done that, then there will be the opportunity to then relax some of the regulations that are smothering the community banks.”

The Minneapolis Fed has also established the Center for Indian Country Development. The center’s work focuses on outreach and collaboration with tribal communities on efforts including increasing access to credit, business development, housing and homeownership, and education.

If you missed the town hall luncheon, which was hosted by the Black Hills Knowledge Network, the Rapid City Economic Development Partnership and the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, a recording of the event is available on the Minneapolis Fed's YouTube channel

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Monday, 01 August 2016 00:00

Data Resources - Civic Engagement

990 Finder: This search tool from the Foundation Center provides IRS 990 forms, filed annually by nonprofit organizations. Information required on the 990 includes address, officers, program services, gifts received, assets, revenue and expenses, grants paid, and future grants.

Foundation Stats: This data tool provides information on the size, scope, and giving priorities of the foundation community. For SD specific data, click here.

Nonprofit Sector Data: The National Center for Charitable Statistics offers state-specific data related to nonprofit activity. Click here, see “Geographic Focus”.

The South Dakota Secretary of State’s website provides up-to-date results of recent elections and Voter Turnout information.

Volunteering and Civic Life in America: This site provides a comprehensive look at volunteering and civic life in the 50 states and 51 cities across the country.

United States Elections Project: Voter-eligible turnout : This site provides national and state voting-eligible turnout rates from 1980 onward. Click here to access it. 

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