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‘Rigged’ or Not, Election Positions Trump to Shape Rules on How You Vote
12/02/16 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 01:00
Excerpt: 

“The last time we had a national government that was as hostile to the protection of minority voting rights as we may have with this president was probably near the end of the first Reconstruction” after the Civil War, said Pamela S. Karlan, a Stanford University law professor, who was a deputy assistant attorney general under President Obama until 2015. ...

Several potentially decisive federal court rulings on voting rules and redistricting, most favoring voting-rights advocates, now appear bound for a Supreme Court whose ideological balance is in Mr. Trump’s hands. Enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a linchpin of some of those cases, will fall to a Justice Department whose likely attorney general, Senator Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama, is viewed with deep suspicion by civil rights advocates.

One Trump adviser, Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, is among the most aggressive national crusaders for voting restrictions.

Michigan legislature debating voter ID bill
12/02/16 |
Publication Date: 
Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 16:45
Excerpt: 

Adding the new requirements would make Michigan’s voter identification rules among the strictest in the nation. Michigan would join Wisconsin, Kansas, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia and Virginia as the only states that require voters to both sign an affidavit at the polls and then take the second step of proving their identity later.

Thirty-four states, including Michigan, request or require voters to show identification at the polls, though several states are engaged in lawsuits with civil rights groups and the federal government challenging their rules. ...

Michigan legislators have until December 15 to pass final bills before adjourning for the year.

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North Dakota Election Info

Upcoming Elections in Your State

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Voter Registration Deadline:  North Dakota does not require eligible voters to register to vote.

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

Election Day:

Polls will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with the exception of precincts in which fewer 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).

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

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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;
  • Have resided in the precinct at least 30 days prior to the election.*            

*If you recently moved to the state and have been a resident of North Dakota for less than 30 days, you may vote for president but for no other offices in the election.

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 any time before Election Day. Returned absentee ballots, whether returned by mail, fax, or email, must be post-marked or date-stamped by Monday, November 7, 2016.

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

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Identification is required to vote.  Valid forms of identification are:

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

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

Moving within the Same County

If you have stayed in same precinct:  If you have moved, but stayed within the same precinct, continue to vote at the same location.  Poll clerks will obtain your new address to be updated in the poll book.

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

Moving Between Counties

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

Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for voting absentee, but there are also special provisions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces 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 in 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), provided that 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.

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

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

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

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

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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