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Texas appeals voter ID ruling to the Supreme Court
09/24/16 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 15:00

More important, the [Texas state] lawyers argued, the justices should take up the case because circuit courts are now using different criteria to evaluate whether voting laws are in violation of the Voting Rights Act.

In recent months, the 6th, 7th, and 9th circuit courts have all denied challenges to voting-related cases on the basis that the regulations have had no measurable impact on minority voting. The 4th and 5th circuits have used alternative criteria, including statistics about pre-existing ID possession in minority communities, to determine whether the laws disproportionately affect minority voters.

Study: in person fraud rarely occurs
09/24/16 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 12:00

The kind of voter fraud that voter ID laws would prevent is virtually nonexistent.

So says an analysis of voter fraud cases in five states — including Texas — between 2012 and 2016, by the Carnegie-Knight News21 program. There were indeed 38 cases litigated at the state level, but “none of the cases prosecuted was for voter impersonation,” according to the report. And of those 38 cases, at least one-third involved election officials or volunteers, not voters. ...

Four years ago, News21 examined 2,068 alleged election fraud cases over 12 years in all 50 states. It found 10 cases of voter impersonation — out of millions of votes cast.

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Voting as a Student

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the voting rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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North Dakota Election Info

Upcoming Elections in Your State

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

North Dakota is the only state without voter registration. However, some cities may require registration for municipal elections.

For more information, visit the North Dakota Secretary of State website.

Please note that the information in the sections below has not been updated, and refers to the 2015 general election.

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.

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Go to the Secretary of State's county list or call the county auditor's office to check for your address.


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Registration Deadlines

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.

Click here for more information on Early Voting in North Dakota, and here for a list of County Auditor phone numbers and addresses.

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.

Identification Requirements

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:

  • Valid driver’s License;
  • Valid non-driver’s identification card;
  • Valid tribal government issued identification card;
  • Valid student identification certificate (provided by North Dakota college or university); and
  • Valid long-term care identification certificate (provided by North Dakota facility).

For absentee or mail ballot voting, the following forms of identification will be accepted:

  • Valid passport or military ID (only for ND residents living outside of the United States who do not have another acceptable form of identification), and
  • 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/mail ballot application form to attest to the applicant's North Dakota residency and voting eligibility.

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.

**The materials below have not been updated since 2014**


Top Issues to Field

For more information for voters with disabilities, visit the National Disability Rights Network’s voting resource center.

For more information for student voters, visit the North Dakota Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

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