North Dakota

Upcoming Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Some elections in this list are local and do not apply for all North Dakota voters. Please click the “View all” button below to view all election dates in your state.

Next Election: Primary
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
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Tuesday, November 8, 2022
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North Dakota Voting Information

Absentee Ballot Process

Absentee voting is available and no excuse is required. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 1 day before the election. You can return your absentee ballot request form through the mail, in person, by fax or as a scanned attachment to an email. Voted ballots must be postmarked the day before the Election Day in order to be counted. You can sign up to track your absentee ballot on your Secretary of State website. Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. Contact your local elections official for more information.

Those who requested an absentee ballot but end up voting in person: Do not mail a ballot and vote in person. For specifics, you can find your local county clerk contact info here.

Absentee voting is easy and available for all voters in North Dakota. Absentee voting related forms include the following:

Applications for absentee ballots may be delivered to the appropriate county auditor or election official by mail, in person, or by fax. For more information, please consult with your voting assistance officer, the Secretary of State's office, or your county auditor's.

According to North Dakota law, absentee ballots are to be made available by the 40th day before the election. Absentee ballots must be returned and postmarked by the day before the election.

Some Special Circumstances to consider:

In North Dakota, you are not required to provide a reason when requesting a ballot to vote absentee.

Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

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Campaign Finance Information

To find out more about federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

To find out more about state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Drop Boxes

No drop boxes are available. You can hand-deliver your ballot to your county auditor’s office. You can find your county auditor’s office here.  

Early Voting

Early voting is available and no excuse is required. Please check with local county election officials for specific dates and times.

Election Dates

The next election date can be found here

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years old on Election Day
  • A legal North Dakota resident
  • A resident in the precinct for 30 days preceding the election

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 as:

  • Every person has a residence. 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.

For a copy of the voter's affidavit, please visit your state's resource.

ID Needed for Voter Registration

No registration is necessary, but you must have a valid form of identification to vote absentee or in person.

ID Needed for Voting?

You will need to show a form of ID in order to vote. If you do not have an acceptable form of ID, you may still cast your ballot by signing a declaration or affidavit at the polls. Acceptable forms of identification must include, name, date of birth and your street address. P.O. Boxes do not establish residency and CANNOT be accepted.

Acceptable forms of identification are:

  • Driver's license
  • Non-driver's ID card
  • Tribal government issued ID card
  • Long-term care ID certificate (provided by ND facility)
  • Attester (only for voters unable to get an ID due to disability)

If you are voting absentee, acceptable forms of ID are:

  • Any forms of ID listed above
  • Passport or Military ID - Only for ND residents living outside the US who do not possess one of the other forms of ID
  • Attester - an applicant without acceptable form of ID may use an attester. The attester must provide his or her name, ND drivers license, non-driver's, or tribal ID number and sign the absentee/mail ballot application form to attest to the applicant's ND residency and voting eligibility.

If you don't have the acceptable form of ID, you can get one from your local Drivers License Center.

Voters can call or text 844-338-8743 at any time to reach VoteRiders Voter ID Helpline

Official Results

Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.

Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day.

The timing of unofficial results will depend on how many postmarked ballots arrive after Election Day. Official election results will be uploaded on North Dakota’s Secretary of State website as they become available. 

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Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in North Dakota, you must:

  • Be registered to vote in North Dakota
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Political affiliation required
  • Be entitled to compensation
  • Be a resident of the precinct for the 30 days prior to the election
  • Complete required training
  • Students 16 or 17 years old who meet all other voter requirements may be appointed if they are students in good standing at a North Dakota high school
  • Have basic computer skills, and be able to proofread materials, printed or on a screen, for accuracy
  • Be able to work the entire day

To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

Polling Place Hours

Most polls are open 7am- 7pm. Some polls may open earlier or close later. It is best to check with your local county election officials before Election Day.

Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.

Provisional Voting

There is no need for provisional voting, since there is no voter registration process.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

If you are a disabled voter you may be accompanied by, and receive assistance from, another person of your choice in the voting booth, unless the person is an employer, officer or agent of your union, a candidate running in that election, or a relative of a candidate.

The polling place building should have several routes through it, and sufficient signs should be in place to direct you to the most accessible route to the polling location.

For more information you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

Registration Deadline

There is no voter registration, but you must have a valid form of identification to vote absentee or in person.

Time Off To Vote

The law encourages employers to provide time off to vote when an employee's regular work schedule conflicts with the times polls are open. This policy however is voluntary.

Verify Voter Registration

There is no voter registration, but you must have a valid form of identification to vote absentee or in person.

Voting Machines

The voting systems used in North Dakota are optical scan and DRE.

Optical Scan: With this system, you will receive a card or sheet of paper, which you take over to a private table or booth. The card has the names of the various candidates and ballot measures printed on it. With a pen or pencil you fill in a little box or circle or the space between two arrows. When you are finished filling out all the cards, you may bring the cards over to a ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put the cards in the box. Or in some places, you may feed the completed cards or papers into a computer device that checks your card or paper right there at the polling place to make sure you have voted the way you want to and counts the votes.

Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): This is the newest kind of system in use in the U.S. All the information about who and what you are voting for is on an electronic screen like a TV or computer screen.

There are many variations of DREs because lots of companies are inventing new ones, and many cities, counties and states are trying them out. Usually, after you have signed in, the poll workers will give you a card that you slide into a device to start your voting session.

Some of these devices will show all of the candidates and ballot choices on one big screen. Often, with these big screen devices you push a button next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for (or yes or no on a ballot measure). On other DREs, the screen is set up to show pages. On each screen or page, there will probably be one thing to vote on. For example, on one screen or page, you might vote for president. Then you might move to the next page to vote for senator. Often these small-screen devices have a touch screen, where you touch the screen next to the name of the person you want to vote for. Other devices have a key pad. And some have a keyboard, so you can write in the name of someone you want to vote for.

You let the system know you are finished voting by pushing a button, touching the screen or entering something on a keypad.

You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC) resource.

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