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COVID-19 Voting Update: Any eligible voter in North Dakota can request an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Voters were able to do this prior to the pandemic. North Dakota does not have voter registration.

[updated September 4, 2020]


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So you want to vote in North Dakota.

Well you’re 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 before you get to vote. There are a couple of different ways you can vote—and you get to decide which way works best for you.

One of the easiest is to vote absentee by mail. Any North Dakota voter can do it. All you have to do 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, so you have enough time to get your ballot in the mail, fill it out at your own pace and mail it back before November 3rd. You can also vote early in person at your county auditor’s office, if that’s easier for you than going on election day. The dates and times are different from county to county so there’s a link in the description to find out when and where you can vote early where you live.

That’s the same link you’ll use if you want to find out where to go vote on November 3rd. 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’ll tell you the exact hours that you can vote.

Whether you vote early or on November 3rd, 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 isn’t current, you’ll also need to bring a bank statement, utility bill, paycheck, or a document from a state, local, or tribal government that does have your current address on it.

Before you vote, you can also see everything that’s going to be on the ballot ahead of time. Just use the 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 pretty important so this gives you a chance to research the candidates ahead of time.

If you want to, you can even take a screenshot or print 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 gonna use, even who you’re gonna bring to the polls with you.

Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from voting on November 3rd. There are links in the description for everything you need to know to vote early or on election day. Thanks for voting.

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