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Study Shows That Voter ID Laws Do Keep Minorities From Voting
02/19/17 |
Publication Date: 
Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 01:00
Excerpt: 

Although it was true that voter participation in [the 10 states with the strictest voter ID laws] did not take a dive overall, when the researchers examined the participation of different ethnic groups more closely, that’s where they saw a stark difference. States with the harshest voter ID laws saw a dip in participation from African American, Asian American and Hispanic American voters.

Moreover, the gap between white voter participation and minority voter participation is worse in states with strict voter ID laws. In other words, you can see a higher percentage of non-white voters going to the polls when the identification laws aren’t there to create an obstacle. ...

With the advent of voter ID measures, the gap between liberal and conservative voters jumped from 7.7 to 20.4 points, giving conservatives an overwhelming advantage at the polls in these states.

Hundreds of Texans May Have Voted Improperly
02/18/17 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 10:30
Excerpt: 

Texas election officials have acknowledged that hundreds of people were allowed to bypass the state's toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law and improperly cast ballots in the November presidential election by signing a sworn statement instead of showing a photo ID.

The chief election officers in two of the state's largest counties are now considering whether to refer cases to local prosecutors for potential perjury charges or violations of election law. Officials in many other areas say they will simply let the mistakes go, citing widespread confusion among poll workers and voters.

The Texas law requires voters to show one of seven approved forms of identification to cast ballots. It was softened in August to allow people without a driver's license or other photo ID to sign an affidavit declaring that they have an impediment to obtaining required identification.

Even after the affidavits were introduced, voters who possess an acceptable photo ID were still required to show it at the polls.

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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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