NORTH DAKOTA

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Anytime Before the Election

North Dakota is the only state without voter registration, which was abolished in 1951. More information on this can be found here. The only qualifications for voting in North Dakota are being a citizen of the US, over 18 years of age, a resident of the state, a resident in your precinct at least thirty days immediately preceding any election, and able to provide a North Dakota driver’s license, nondriver ID, or tribal ID that includes your current residential address and date of birth.

Before November 2, 2020

Any registered voter in North Dakota may vote by absentee ballot. Applications for absentee ballots may be submitted anytime within the calendar year of an election. The simplest method to apply is to electronically fill out and print the absentee application for submittal using the electronic Absentee Ballot Application Wizard. Absentee ballot applications are to be delivered to the appropriate election official by mail, in person, by fax or as a scanned attachment to an email. The return envelope for your absentee ballot must be postmarked no later than the day before the election.

November 3, 2020 (Election Day)

North Dakota law states that auditors or clerks may issue ballots for absentee voters on the day of the election if an individual is prevented from voting in person on the day of the election due to an emergency, such as hospitalization. An individual requesting an absentee ballot on the day of the election due to an emergency must do so through an agent. More information on this process can be found here.

4 PM on Tuesday November 3, 2020 (Election Day)

An absentee ballot obtained on the day of the election due to medical emergency must be returned to the county auditor's office by 4 PM on Election Day by your agent in order to be counted.

 

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STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO VOTE

1.

Check Your Voter Registration

North Dakota is the only state without voter registration, which was abolished in 1951. More information on this can be found here. The only qualifications for voting in North Dakota are being a citizen of the US, over 18 years of age, a resident of the state, a resident in your precinct at least thirty days immediately preceding any election, and able to provide a North Dakota driver’s license, nondriver ID, or tribal ID that includes your current residential address and date of birth.

2.

Complete an Emergency Absentee Ballot Application

Any registered voter in North Dakota may vote by absentee ballot. Applications for absentee ballots may be submitted anytime within the calendar year of an election. The simplest method to apply is to electronically fill out and print the absentee application for submittal using the electronic Absentee Ballot Application Wizard. Absentee ballot applications are to be delivered to the appropriate election official by mail, in person, by fax or as a scanned attachment to an email. The return envelope for your absentee ballot must be postmarked no later than the day before the election. More information on this process can be found here.

However, if your are hospitalized on Election Day, North Dakota law states that auditors or clerks may still issue ballots for absentee voters on the day of the election for voters prevented from voting in person on the day of the election due to an emergency, such as hospitalization. An individual requesting an absentee ballot on the day of the election due to an emergency must do so through an agent. More information on this process can be found here.

3.

Return Your Application

If you are hospitalized on Election Day, please fill out a normal North Dakota absentee ballot application (using the electronic Absentee Ballot Application Wizard) and send it through your designated agent to the county auditor of your county of residence. Information on your county auditor can be found here. Please call your county auditor beforehand to clarify any additional documentation to bring, such as voter identification.

4.

Obtain Your Ballot

After your agent has brought your application to your county auditor, your application will be processed and an absentee ballot will be given to your agent to return to you.

5.

Vote!

Fill out your ballot! 

6.

Return Your Completed Ballot

An absentee ballot obtained on the day of the election due to medical emergency must be returned to the county auditor's office by 4 PM on Election Day by your agent in order to be counted.

 

 

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STATE LAW

N.D. Cent. Code, § 16.1-07-05

In case of an emergency, a voter can request an absentee ballot through an agent on Election Day.

 

COVID-19 and Patient Voting

Here is how COVID-19 is affecting Patient Voting in this state:

For North Dakota's upcoming statewide election on June 9th, all eligible voters will be receiving an application in the mail from the North Dakota Secretary of State’s Office. If you do not receive an application by May 11th, contact your county auditor. The voter will complete their application and mail it to the county auditor using a postage-paid envelope. Once the auditor’s office receives the application and verifies the information is filled in correctly and has been signed, a ballot will be sent. Voted ballots need to be returned by mail by June 8th or at your county's secure drop box by 4 p.m. on June 9th, primary election day. More information on this change can be found here.

Beyond this election, North Dakota is a no-excuse absentee voting state, so any registered voter in North Dakota may vote by absentee ballot. Applications for absentee ballots may be submitted anytime within the calendar year of an election. The simplest method to apply is to electronically fill out and print the absentee application for submittal using the electronic Absentee Ballot Application Wizard. Absentee ballot applications are to be delivered to the appropriate election official by mail, in person, by fax or as a scanned attachment to an email. More information on this process can be found here.

The most updated election dates can be found here.

Contact patientvoting@gmail.com for more info

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