How to vote in North Dakota

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. North Dakota allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person. North Dakota offers early voting.

Who can vote

In order to vote in North Dakota, you must be:
  • A citizen of the United States;
  • Eighteen years or older on the day of election;
  • A resident of North Dakota;
  • A resident in the 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. (If an individual’s valid form of identification does not include all the information required in subsection 2 of NDCC §16.1-01-04.1, or the information is not current, the identification must be supplemented by presenting any of the documents as outlined in subsection 3 of NDCC § 16.1-01-04.1.)])

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in North Dakota can look up where to vote on North Dakota's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

Vote early

North Dakota voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Thursday, September 27 to Monday, November 5, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. You can look up when and where to vote early at GetToThePolls.com.

What to bring

  • You will be asked to show ID to vote in North Dakota. Your identification must include your name, current residential street address, and date of birth. Acceptable forms include: a current driver's license or non-driver's ID card; tribal-government-issued ID card; or a long-term care certificate (provided by ND facility).

Vote by mail

  1. Request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Monday, November 5.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in North Dakota.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The early voting period runs from Thursday, September 27 to Monday, November 5, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Monday, November 5.

Election contact information for North Dakota

Address:
Secretary of State
600 E Boulevard Avenue Dept 108
Bismarck, ND 58505

Phone Number:
701-328-4146