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So you want to vote in North Dakota.

Well you are in luck, because North Dakota is the only state that doesn’t require voters to register, so you have one less step than everybody else. There’s a couple of different ways you can vote.

One of the easiest is to vote absentee by mail. Any North Dakota voter can do it. All you have to is fill out the form that’s linked in the description and mail it to your county election official – their addresses are linked below too.

There’s no specific deadline to request an absentee ballot, but the sooner you do it the better – they’ll start sending out ballots on September 27th. Once you apply, you’ll get your ballot in the mail, and all you have to do is fill it out at your own pace and mail it back in time for it to be counted on November 6th. You can also vote early in person if you want to skip the lines on election day – there’s a link in the description to find the early voting hours and locations for your county.

That’s the same link you’ll use if you want to find out where to go vote on November 6th. The hours each polling place is open on election day vary by location, but they usually open between 7am and 9am and close between 7pm and 9pm. When you look up your polling location, it will tell you the exact hours you can vote.

Whether you vote early or on November 6th, you’ll need to bring an ID with you. This could be a driver’s license, a non driver ID, a tribal ID, or a long term care certificate with your current address on it. If your address on your ID doesn’t match where you live right now, you’ll need to go get it updated it before you can vote, or you can bring along a bank statement, utility bill, paycheck, or a document from a state, local, or tribal government that does have your current address on it.

You can also see everything that’s going to be on the ballot ahead of time. Just use link in the description to find your sample ballot. You don’t have to vote for every item on the ballot for it to be counted, but your local elections are very important so this gives you a chance to research the candidates ahead of time.

If you want to, you can even print out a sample ballot, fill it out and bring it to the polls with you so you can remember how you want to vote. One last thing: if you’re going to vote—open up your notes app or grab a piece of paper and make a plan. Write down when and where you’re going to vote, how you’re gonna get there, what ID you’re going to use, even who you’re going to bring to the polls with you.

Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from being counted on November 6th. There are links in the description for everything you need to know to vote early or on election day. Thank you for voting.