The Election is in Four Days – Are you ready to vote?
Election Day is near! Here’s the information you need to ensure your vote gets counted:
If you have an absentee ballot, make sure to mail it at the post office Monday before 5pm to ensure it is postmarked on Monday or it will not be counted. (Local postmark deadlines vary)
Voting in Person:
If you did not vote absentee or if you do not mail in your ballot, be sure that you vote in person. You can vote on Election Day or possibly even today, Saturday, or Monday by visiting your county’s early voting location.
This link will show you the locations, days, and hours of voting operations in your county: https://vip.sos.nd.gov/wheretovote.aspx.
If you did not take advantage of absentee voting, please do your part and get to the polls tomorrow!
Details on Voting
Hunting & Voting:
Voter confusion has been perpetrated on the relationship between hunting licenses and voting. The bottom line is that residency requirements for voting and residency for hunting are different and independent.
Holding a hunting license for any state does not negate your right to vote.
Your right to vote is explicitly outlined by law. If you hold a North Dakota license or identification card and have lived in the state for 30 days or more, you are a qualified voter.
Two things to keep in mind: 1. Do not vote in two locations and 2. Be honest about your residency on your next hunting license purchase in North Dakota or any state for that matter.
North Dakota’s Voter ID Requirements:
North Dakota requires identification that includes the voter’s:
- Current North Dakota Residential Address (Alternatives apply. See below.)
- Date of Birth
Acceptable Forms of Identification:
Voting at the Polling Place – A Valid North Dakota:
- Driver’s license
- Nondrivers identification card (issued for free)
- Tribal government issued identification (including those issued by BIA for a tribe located in North Dakota, any other tribal agency or entity, or any other document that sets forth the tribal member’s name, date of birth, and current North Dakota residential address)
- Long term care identification certificate (provided by North Dakota facility)
- If an individual’s valid form of identification does not include the North Dakota residential address or date of birth, or the North Dakota residential address is not current, the individual may supplement the identification with a current utility bill; a current bank statement; a check or a document issued by a federal, state, local, or tribal government (including those issued by BIA for a tribe located in North Dakota, any other tribal agency or entity, or any other document that sets forth the tribal member’s name, date of birth, and current North Dakota residential address); or a paycheck.
Set Aside Ballot Option
- If an individual is not able to show a valid form of identification but asserts qualifications as an elector, the individual may mark a ballot that will be securely set aside. When the individual provides valid identification to the proper election official prior to the meeting of the canvassing board, the set aside ballot will be presented to the canvassing board for proper inclusion in the tally.
Voting Absentee or by Mail – A Valid:
- Form of identification listed above
Voting Absentee or by Mail – Special Circumstances – A Valid:
- Passport or Military ID – Only for North Dakota residents living outside the United States who do not possess one of the other forms of identification.
Attester – An applicant without an acceptable form of identification may use an attester. The attester must provide his or her name, North Dakota driver’s license, nondrivers, or tribal identification number, and sign the absentee/mail ballot application form to attest to the applicant’s North Dakota residency and voting eligibility.