Primary Election Process
North Dakota is the only state in the United States that does not require voter registration. In the primary election, voters will see all candidates listed by political party in separate columns. They may only vote in one party's primary so they must remain within that party's column on the ballot.
All federal races and most state-wide races are designated by party and the top vote-getters in the primary move on to the general election in November to represent their party.
County-wide races are nonpartisan and voters are able to choose one candidate per open seat in the primary election. The top two vote-getters per open seat in the primary move on to the November general election.
For city-wide candidates, the primary election is the last stop. Whichever candidate wins in the primary will take their place in that elected office. City-wide races include races such as city commission or council, mayor, park board, school board, and municipal judge.
If you have any questions about your state’s primary election, please contact your local election officials.