North Dakota

Upcoming Elections

Oct. 19, 2020 – First Day of Early Voting

Hours and dates vary by county.

Nov. 2, 2020 – Last Day to Apply for Absentee Ballot
Nov. 2, 2020 – Last Day for Early Voting

Hours and dates vary by county.

Nov. 2, 2020 – Last Day to Return Completed Absentee Ballots

Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by this date.

Voting in North Dakota

When You Can Vote

Most polls will be open on Election Day 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.  Contact your county election officials for further information about your precinct

Early voting is also available in some counties from October 19 to November 2.  Dates and hours of early voting sites vary by county.  Please check with your county election officials for early voting schedules

Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place:

Visit the North Dakota Secretary of State’s polling place locator web page.

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.*
  • Provide valid proof of identification

*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.

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 (October 19 – November 2 for the general election). 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.  The deadline to request an absentee ballot is November 2, however, absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before November 2 for the ballot to be counted.

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

Identification Requirements

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot in Person

Voters must provide identification that includes 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 non-driver’s identification card;
  • Long-term care identification certificate; or
  • Tribal identification card

If an individual’s valid identification does not include the North Dakota residential address or that address is not current, a voter may supplement the identification with: 

  • A current utility bill
  • A current bank statement
  • A check or document issued by a federal, state, local, or tribal government
  • 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.

Identification Requirements to Cast an Absentee Ballot

North Dakota requires you to provide the identification number from one of the following forms of ID containing your name, residential address, and date of birth when you apply for an absentee ballot:

  • North Dakota driver’s license;
  • North Dakota non-driver’s identification card;
  • Long-term care identification certificate; or
  • Tribal identification card
  • Passport or Military ID (only for residents living outside of the United States who do not possess one of the other forms of identification).

An applicant living with a disability that prevents the individual from traveling away from the individual’s home to obtain an acceptable form of identification may use an attester.  The attester must provide his or her name, North Dakota driver’s license, non-driver’s, or tribal identification number, and sign the absentee ballot application form to attest to the applicant’s North Dakota residency and eligibility to vote.

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

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.

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.

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 currently on probation or parole, or those who have completed a felony sentence of incarceration in the past.

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