Voter Registration In North Dakota
Who Can Register In North Dakota
North Dakota has no voter registration and there is no voter registration deadline.
To vote in North Dakota, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of North Dakota
- Be a resident in the precinct for 30 days preceding the election
- Be at least 18 years old on the day of the election
North Dakota Election Day Registration
North Dakota has no voter registration. You simply need to bring valid proof of identification and residency to the polls on Election Day in order to vote.
North Dakota has no pre-registration or voter registration.
Voting Rights Restoration
North Dakota does restore the right to vote upon release.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In North Dakota
Where To Vote In North Dakota
You can search for your polling place here.
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
In North Dakota, the terms “vote by mail” and “absentee voting” refer to the same process.
No excuse is needed to vote absentee in North Dakota.
To request an absentee ballot in North Dakota, complete a form online through the state’s portal, print the form, affix your original, non-digital signature, and deliver to the appropriate election official by mail, in person, by fax, or as a scanned attachment to an email. The form requires some form of valid state or tribal ID. Certain counties in North Dakota run their elections by mail by mail, in which case a ballot is automatically sent to voters before the election. In all other counties, you must apply for an absentee ballot. Contact your county election officials to learn more.
Click here to track your North Dakota absentee ballot.
To return your North Dakota absentee ballot, you can either mail it back or drop it off at your local elections office.
Your absentee ballot must be postmarked or returned in person by 5pm the day before Election Day.
Early Voting In North Dakota
North Dakota offers in-person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting may begin 15 days before an election and end the day before the election. Early voting locations, dates, and hours are at the discretion of each county auditor.
Primary Elections In North Dakota
North Dakota has open primaries. Voters are able to choose any political party’s primary to vote in however, voters are not allowed to cross party lines on the ballot and may only vote for candidates from one political party. 17-year-olds may vote in the North Dakota Democratic Presidential Primary if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In North Dakota
Voter ID Requirements
ID is required to vote in North Dakota. ID must include the voter’s name, current North Dakota residential address, and date of birth. Valid forms of ID include:
- Driver’s license
- Nondriver’s identification card
- 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)
If an 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); or a paycheck.
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.
Additional North Dakota Resources
Your State Election Official
North Dakota Secretary of State
Alvin A Jaeger
Phone number: 701-328-2900; 800-352-0867 (toll free)