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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • North Dakota voters do not need to submit a voter registration form to cast a vote
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

North Dakota voters do not need to submit a voter registration form to cast a vote.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

When voting in person at a polling place, you must show ID which contains the voter’s name, current residential street address, and date of birth, including:

  • Current driver’s license or non-driver’s ID card
  • Tribal government or BIA-issued ID
  • Long-term care certificate (provided by ND facility)
  • Another form of ID, see
  • If an individual’s valid form of identification does not include name, address, or date of birth; or the information is not current, the individual may supplement the identification with a current utility bill; a current bank statement; a check issued by a federal, state, local, or tribal government; a paycheck; or a document issued by a federal, state, local, or tribal government.
  • If you are unable to show a valid form of ID when voting in-person you may still vote a ballot, that will be counted, if you present a valid ID to the proper election official prior to the meeting of the canvassing board.

When voting absentee or by mail you can present a form of ID listed above or one of the following:

  • Passport or Military ID, if you live outside the US and don’t have another form above

Only an absentee or mail-in vote without an acceptable form of identification may use an attester. The attester must provide their name, North Dakota driver’s license, non-driver’s, or tribal identification number, and sign the absentee/mail ballot application form to attest to the applicant’s North Dakota residency and voting eligibility.


+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at:

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • Any qualified voter may vote absentee by mail in North Dakota without an excuse.
  • The application for an absentee ballot can be found online or requested from your county election official. You may return the application in person, by mail, fax, or email.
  • Completed absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than the day before Election Day. If you cannot meet this deadline, then you must go to your polling place to cast your ballot on Election Day.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and will close between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Voting Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Voting at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to vote in your campus community

Will voting in North Dakota affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • You are only permitted to vote in North Dakota if you are a North Dakota resident. You should change your driver’s license and vehicle registration to the address you use to vote. For more information, you may wish to contact the North Dakota Department of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Dakota legal professional.

Last updated August 2018