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State of South Dakota

Judicial Campaigns and Elections: South Dakota

Campaign Conduct

According to Canon 5 of South Dakota's code of judicial conduct, judicial candidates shall not:
  • With respect to cases, controversies, or issues that are likely to come before the court, make pledges, promises, or commitments that are inconsistent with the impartial performance of the adjudicative duties of the office.
  • Knowingly misrepresent the identity, qualifications, present position, or other fact concerning themselves or their opponents.

Candidates may personally solicit campaign contributions, but they are encouraged to establish committees of responsible persons to conduct their campaigns. Candidates and their campaign committees may solicit contributions no earlier than January 1 of the election year and no later than December 31 of the election year.