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North Dakota

Population

762,062

Voting-Age Pop.

562,632

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 28 %
Trump 64 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com

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  • Online Registration

    No
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    Yes
  • ID Required
    Yes

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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

All eligible North Dakotans have the option to request a ballot before the day of an election via absentee voting.

Data source - vip.sos.nd.gov

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Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot? Chevron Icon

  • No, residents of North Dakota must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

No, residents of North Dakota must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

Ballot applications may be submitted anytime the year of an election Chevron Icon

  • Within the calendar year of an election, fill out the absentee or mail ballot application; sign and date the form.

    Send the form to your county auditor at the address given after completing the form.

Ballot applications may be submitted anytime the year of an election

Within the calendar year of an election, fill out the absentee or mail ballot application; sign and date the form.

Send the form to your county auditor at the address given after completing the form.

When will I receive my ballot? Chevron Icon

  • Sept 14-24: You may live in a county using mail ballot elections (at least one polling place must be open on Election Day). In such counties a mail ballot application is required to be sent to every active voter between 50 and 40 days before the election.

    Sept 24: Absentee ballots are to be made available 40 days before the election.

When will I receive my ballot?

Sept 14-24: You may live in a county using mail ballot elections (at least one polling place must be open on Election Day). In such counties a mail ballot application is required to be sent to every active voter between 50 and 40 days before the election.

Sept 24: Absentee ballots are to be made available 40 days before the election.

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  • Whether you vote absentee or by mail ballot, your return envelope must be postmarked no later than the day before the election.

    If you are unable to meet this deadline then you will have to go to your appropriate polling place on Election Day to cast your ballot.

Mail Send Icon Return ballot: Postmarked by Nov 2

Whether you vote absentee or by mail ballot, your return envelope must be postmarked no later than the day before the election.

If you are unable to meet this deadline then you will have to go to your appropriate polling place on Election Day to cast your ballot.

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  • You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.

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You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

Early voting will vary by county.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

Yes

North Dakota does not require voter registration.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

Yes

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.


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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - vip.sos.nd.gov

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • Driver’s License

  • Nondriver’s Identification Card

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  • 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

  • Paycheck

  • Other Form

    If 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)