Election Information

2020 Municipal Election Information 

The combined General and Municipal Home Rule Charter election will be held November 3, 2020 with all municipal voters voting at:

National Guard Armory  I  603 Princeton Street  I  Vermillion, SD 57069

Municipal Election: Home Rule Charter

The City Council has been considering the adoption of a Home Rule Charter. In 2019, the City appointed a Home Rule Study Committee which researched home rule charters in existence in South Dakota and made a determination as to whether the City Council should pursue the matter. In February 2020, the City Council appointed a Home Rule Charter Committee to draft a charter for consideration 

The City Council received the report of the Home Rule Charter Committee at the July 6, 2020 meeting and voted to send the adoption of the Home Rule Charter to voters at the July 20, 2020 meeting.  The Home Rule Charter is available here. The Municipal Home Rule Charter ballot question is provided below.



November 3, 2020


The following home rule charter measure has been submitted to the voters.  The home rule charter measure will not become effective unless approved by majority vote.


Home Rule Charter


Title: The adoption of a home rule charter for the City of Vermillion, South Dakota would permit the City to exercise any legislative power or any function not denied by its charter, the state constitution, or general laws of the state. 


City Attorney’s Explanation: The above home rule charter measure is presented to the voters for adoption or rejection.


The charter would establish the City of Vermillion, South Dakota as a home rule governmental unit as permitted by the state law and constitution.   Powers and functions of home rule government units are construed liberally. Taxes are limited to those provided for by the state.


The charter would retain the City’s current city council – city manager form of government. The city council would remain as a nine-member governing body with two council members elected from each of four wards, and mayor elected at large. Terms of office do not change and all nine members of the city council vote.


The charter contains a preamble, articles and sections that recite powers and limits; city council, city manager, department and officer’s roles and authority; financial procedures; election provisions, and charter amendment methods. The charter provides that the voters elect council members and mayor, who appoint officers and hire a city manager. The charter further provides that the city manager is responsible to the city council for the administration of all affairs of the City.


The charter continues in effect officers, employees, ordinances, resolutions, policies, regulations, and pending matters, and prohibits conflicts of interest and discrimination. The charter takes effect after municipal election canvas. 

To vote blacken the oval in front of “Yes” or “No.”


                Yes                         A vote “Yes” will adopt the home rule charter.


                No                          A vote “No” will reject the home rule charter.

Voter Registration

Voter registration for the General and Municipal Home Rule Charter Election to be held on November 3, 2020 will close at 5:00 p.m. on October 19, 2020. Failure to register by this date will cause forfeiture of voting rights for this election. If you are in doubt about whether you are registered, check the Voter Information Portal at Secretary of State website, or call the County Auditor at 605- 677-7120.

Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting for the November 3, 2020 election will be available at the County Auditor’s office beginning September 18, 2020 or by completing and mailing the Absentee Ballot Application to the Clay County Auditor at: 

Clay County Auditor  I  211 W Main Street, Suite 200  I  Vermillion, SD 57069

Additional Information

Any questions regarding the Municipal Home Rule Charter election may be directed to Mike Carlson, Finance Officer at 605-677-7056 or email Mike Carlson.
Election information is available on the South Dakota Secretary of State’s website.