Information below last updated in Fall 2014. Please check back soon for 2015 registration dates and election information.
Voting hours in North Dakota vary by county. Most polling locations are open between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. However, some polling locations may open as early as 7 a.m. and close as late as 8 p.m.
In some precincts, an early voting polling station will open during the fifteen days prior to Election Day. Call your County Auditor to find out locations, dates and times for early voting.
To look up the hours for your polling place, visit the Secretary of State's polling place look up tool.
North Dakota has no voter registration. In order to vote, one must be a U.S. citizen, eighteen years of age or older, a resident of North Dakota, and a resident of the precinct in which he or she wishes to vote for at least 30 days prior to the election. In addition an eligible voter must be able to provide a driver’s license, non-driver identification card or other approved form of identification.
If You Want to Vote Early
Early voting can always be done via absentee ballot. For more information on the absentee voting process, see below.
In some precincts, an early voting polling station will open during the fifteen days prior to Election Day. Call your County Auditor to find out locations, dates, and times for early voting.
If You Want to Vote Absentee
All eligible North Dakotans have the option to request a ballot before the day of an election in a process known as absentee voting. You do not need to provide a reason for why you are requesting an absentee; however you will be required to complete an application and sign an affidavit. You may submit an application anytime during the calendar year of an election; however ballots are not available until the fortieth day before an election. Ballots are available for overseas and military voters 46 days prior to the election. Your application may be mailed, faxed, or personally delivered to your county auditor’s office.
You may live in a county using mail ballot elections (at least one polling place must be open on Election Day). In such counties a mail ballot application is required to be sent to every active voter between the 50th and 40th day before the election. The application is also to be printed in the County Official Newspaper.
Visit the Secretary of State’s website to request an absentee ballot online using its Absentee Ballot Application Wizard, or you can request a ballot directly from your local elections officials, including the County Auditor’s office. Submit an absentee ballot application to the County Auditor's office. The application can be submitted at any point during the calendar year.
Rules and Deadlines:
Whether you vote absentee or by mail ballot your return envelope must be postmarked no later than the day before the election. If you are unable to meet this deadline then you will have to go to your appropriate polling place on Election Day to cast your ballot.
ID must show the individual’s name, date of birth, and the address of the individual's residence. For in-person voting, acceptable forms of ID include:
For absentee or mail ballot voting, the following forms of identification will be accepted:
Normal voting rules apply for those who have lived in their precinct for at least 30 days. You should bring a form of ID that includes your name, date of birth, and new residential address to the polls.
If a voter has moved precincts within 30 days of the election, the voter is entitled to vote in the precinct from which he or she moved until the voter has established residency in their new home. For those who recently moved from North Dakota, they should consult with their new Secretary of State.
Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline. The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices. The FWAB may also be used to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step. If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline. For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's North Dakota-specific FWAB page.
Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot. Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) North Dakota-specific FPCA page.
Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email. If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.
One is eligible to vote again when one's civil rights are restored. In North Dakota one's civil rights are immediately restored upon completion of their term of incarceration. Individuals may vote while on probation or parole.
For more information, visit the North Dakota Secretary of State website.
For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: “Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities.”
Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
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