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North Dakota Voting Quick Facts

Who Can Register to vote in North Dakota

North Dakota is the only state without voter registration. Although North Dakota was one of the first states to adopt voter registration prior to the turn of the century, it abolished it in 1951. It is also worth noting that North Dakota law still provides cities with the ability to register voters for city elections.

To register to vote in the State of North Dakota, you must be:

  • A United States Citizen,
  • A Resident of North Dakota,
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day, and
  • A precinct resident for 30 days preceding the election.
  • Able to provide a driver’s license, non-driver identification card, tribal identification, or long-term care certificate

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How Do I Register To Vote in North Dakota

Voting At The Polls On Election Day


Identification must include the voter’s:

  • Name
  • Current residential street address
  • Date of birth

Voting in-person requires a North Dakota:

  • Current driver's license
  • Voter's Affidavit
  • Tribal government issued identification card
  • Long term care identification certificate(provided by ND facility)

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Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in North Dakota

Both Democrats and Republicans hold Open Primaries

North Dakota has no voter registration. There is no party affilliation. Both parties state requirements of party affilliation in bylaws, but this requires only signing an affidavit.

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Who Can Vote Absentee in North Dakota

Voting Absentee or by Mail

  • All eligible North Dakotans have the option to request a ballot before the day of an election in a process known as absentee voting. You do not need to provide a reason for why you are requesting an absentee; however you will be required to complete an application and sign an affidavit. You may submit an application anytime during the calendar year of an election; however ballots are not available until the fortieth day before an election. Your application may be mailed, faxed, or personally delivered to your county auditor’s office.
  • 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 the 50th and 40th day before the election. The application is also to be printed in the County Official Newspaper Revised July 2015 for two consecutive weeks. Furthermore,applications may be requested from the auditor’s office or accessed online.
  • 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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What If My Address Has Changed


  • If you attend college in your hometown and still reside at home, you vote in the precinct (voting area)of your residence.
  • If you attend school away from your North Dakota residence and you live on or off campus, you may still vote in your hometown elections if your address is still associated to that residence. You can do this either by absentee voting or by voting in person on Election Day at your hometown precinct polling location
  • You may vote in your college town by updating your identification to reflect the address at which you reside while attending school. You must reside at the address for at least 30 days immediately preceding the election in order to be a resident of the precinct.
  • f you are a college student who is a North Dakota resident and living away from your permanent residence, you may wish to vote by absentee ballot so that your voice is heard in your home precinct elections. An absentee ballot conveniently allows you to vote either in person at your county auditor’s office before Election Day or by mail, without physically having to go to your polling location on Election Day

Update your residential address, if necessary, with your ID provider no later than 30 days before an election.

  • You have 3 options.
  • 1) You can update your address online using the ND Department of Transportation (DOT) Address Change Utility. This will be free of charge.
  • 2) You can go to a DOT Drivers License Site and have them update your record in their database. This will be free of charge.
  • 3) You can go to a DOT Drivers License Site and get a new driver’s license/non-driver’s identification card with your new address. Please note that you will be charged $3 to have your card replaced.
  • Any of the options you select above, will cause DOT to send that information to the Secretary of State and we will update your record in the Central Voter File. Your name and address will then be included in the poll book at your new polling location, which will make your check-in process at the Election Clerk’s table quick and easy!

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Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM

The voting hours in North Dakota vary by county. Polling place voting hours are available online through the Polling Place Search. A voter who is standing in line at the time the polls close will be allowed to vote. However, a voter who arrives after the polls close may not be allowed to vote. A statewide list of voting hours for each polling place may be found in the Statewide Polling Places and Precincts.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use to find your voting precinct and polling location. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: North Dakota does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

The law encourages employers to establish a program to allow an employee to be absent for the purpose of voting if the employee's work schedule conflicts with voting during the time polls are open. This is voluntary for employers. There is no guaranteed right to be absent.

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