North Dakota Election Information

Upcoming Elections in Your State

November 3, 2020 – General Election

Voter Registration Deadlines & Important Dates
  • September 18: First day to apply for absentee ballot for UOCAVA voters
  • September 24: First day to apply for absentee ballot for regular voters
  • November 2: Last day to apply for absentee ballot
  • November 2: Last day to return completed absentee ballot

North Dakota does not require voter registration. All voters are eligible to vote absentee.

Polls open between 7:00 am to 9:00 am. Polls close no earlier than 7:00 pm and no later than 9:00 pm.

For more information on voting in North Dakota, visit NDVoices.

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When You Can Vote

Election Day:

Polls will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., except for precincts where less than 75 votes were cast in the last general election, which must open no later than noon. A voter in line by 7:00 p.m. has the right to vote.  Polling places may open before 9:00 a.m., but not earlier than 7:00 a.m., and may close after 7:00 p.m., but not later than 9:00 p.m.

Early voting is available in some counties. Contact your county auditor for information about early voting (contact numbers listed at https://vip.sos.nd.gov/CountyAuditors.aspx).

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Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place: Visit the North Dakota Secretary of State’s polling place locator web page.

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Registering to Vote

North Dakota does not require eligible voters to register to vote.

In order to vote in North Dakota, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Reside in North Dakota;
  • Be at least 18 years old; and
  • Have resided in the precinct at least 30 days prior to the election.*

*If you have recently moved to North Dakota and have been a resident for less than 30 days, you may vote for president but no other offices in the election. You should request an absentee ballot from your home state instead.

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Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early

In counties that allow early voting, you can vote during the fifteen days prior to Election Day. The county auditor establishes the days and times during which early voting is available. This information will be published in the official county newspaper once each week for three weeks before Election Day. Contact your county auditor for more information (https://vip.sos.nd.gov/CountyAuditors.aspx).

If You Want to Vote Absentee

A voter may vote absentee for any reason. A voter may submit an application for an absentee ballot anytime within the calendar year of an election.

For more information on early voting and absentee voting, visit the Secretary of State’s website.

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Identification Requirements

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Voters must provide identification including their name, current North Dakota residential street address, and date of birth. The address must be a residential street address, IDs with P.O. Boxes and rural route addresses will need supplemental identification (see below). If someone voted with an ID without a residential street address in the 2018 primary he or she will need to provide supplemental identification. The acceptable forms of identification include:

  • North Dakota driver’s license;
  • North Dakota nondriver’s identification card;
  • Long-term care identification certificate; or
  • Tribal identification card.
  • A paycheck.

The supplemental identification MUST contain a North Dakota residential street address. If the voter does not provide supplemental identification with a North Dakota residential street address, he/she can cast a “set aside” ballot. The voter will then have the opportunity to return to the polling place with proper identification or can go to a designated election office (ask a pollworker for the location) within six days of the election.

VoteRiders has created North Dakota voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

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If You Have Moved Within Your State

If you have stayed in the same precinctIf you have moved but stayed within the same precinct, continue to vote at the same location. Poll clerks will obtain your new address for an update in the poll book.

If you have moved to another precinctYou must vote at the prior precinct if you moved less than 30 days before Election Day.

Moving Between Counties

You must vote at the prior precinct if you moved less than 30 days prior to Election Day.

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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for voting absentee, but there are also special provisions for active members of the Uniformed Services and merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States (together these groups are called UOCAVA voters).

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

North Dakota does not require registration. Absentee ballots may be requested by visiting the Absentee Wizard. Additional resources are available at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s North Dakota specific page.

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters may receive and return an absentee ballot by mail, in person, by fax, or as a scanned attachment to an email. Ballots must be postmarked, emailed, or faxed by the day before Election Day.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters. You can use this FWAB whether you are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses), if you are away from your voting residence for service-related activities. If you do not receive your regular absentee ballot in time, you may use the FWAB. Ballots must be postmarked, emailed, or faxed by the day before Election Day. For specific instructions, visit the FVAP’s North Dakota specific page.

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If You Have a Felony Conviction

North Dakota permits convicted felons to vote as long as they are not currently serving a felony sentence of incarceration. Convicted felons who can vote, include those on probation, on parole, or who have completed a felony sentence of incarceration in the past.

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Election Protection Materials

IN THE PROCESS OF UPDATING FAQs AND TOP ISSUES

For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

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