How to Vote in North Dakota


Early voting begins Monday in Cass County.  The walk-in centers will be opening in Fargo and West Fargo on Monday, Oct. 29. Fargo voters can vote at the Fargodome or Ramada Inn, while West Fargo voters can vote at the Doubletree Inn. Casselton will start its walk-in voting at the Days Inn on Oct. 31.

An early voting center is also available in Grand Forks County at the Alerus Center starting Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Just as on Election Day, North Dakota voters need only a valid ID to cast a ballot. The state is the only one that doesn't have voter registration procedures after they were abolished in 1951.

Some counties in the more rural areas are counting mostly on mail-in ballots, although they must have at least one Election Day polling site open, according to Secretary of State Al Jaeger. Mail-in ballots are available in 35 counties in the state.

Voters are reminded that if the current address is not correct on an ID, they can supplement the ID with a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or documents issued by federal, state, local or tribal governments that show the current address. Persons can obtain non-driver's ID cards at no cost while driver's licenses or ID cards can be updated at no cost by calling the state transportation department at 701-328-4353 or online. The ID does not need to be replaced as notifying the DOT is enough.

College students may vote but must have lived in the state for 30 days and must also have a valid ID.

Voters with any questions can call the Secretary of State's office at 701-328-4146 or 1-800-352-0867.