County Election Officials are recommending posting mail-in ballots by October 30th. This is because mail-in ballots must be postmarked no later than the day before the election.
If using the Online Address Change*, it may take two business days to reflect update in the Central Voter File.
To vote in North Dakota, a person must be:
1. A United States citizen;
2. At least 18 years old on the day of the election;
3. A North Dakota resident; and
4. A resident in the precinct for at least 30 days preceding the election.*
*If the voter has been evicted, their address is where they had lived before eviction (An individual retains a residence in this state until another has been gained.)
For the purposes of voting, a person may have only one residence, shown by an actual fixed permanent dwelling, or any other abode. Residency in North Dakota is defined in North Dakota Century Code, Section 54-01-26 which states:
Every person has in law a residence. In determining the place of residence, the following rules must be observed: It is the place where one remains when not called elsewhere for labor or other special or temporary purpose, and to which he or she returns in seasons of repose. There can be only one residence. A residence cannot be lost until another is gained The residence can be changed only by the union of act and intent.
16.1-01-04.2. Residence for voting - Rules for determining.
For purposes of voting:
(NDCC § 16.1-01-04.1)
Date of Birth
For more information see ID Required for Voting
*If a person has been evicted or is homeless their previous address is still vaild for voting. (An individual retains a residence in this state until another has been gained.)
Due to the pandemic, voters can request an absentee ballot online. The multi-step process starts with selecting the type of ID you wish to use for the Absentee or Mail Ballot Application:
Long-term care certificate (You will need to include the certificate with your application.)
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. 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 for two consecutive weeks. Furthermore, applications may be requested from the auditor’s office or accessed online. 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. _______________________________________________
Election Day is November 3rd, 2020
Important election dates can be found in the North Dakota Election Calendar
Contest of Election
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
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