North Dakota Voter Registration Information



Registration Deadline: North Dakota does not require some form of voter registration. Each precinct has a list of residents who voted in previous elections. If a voter's name is on the list, he provides valid form identification, and his address can be verified, then he may vote.

Party Affiliation: North Dakota has open primaries, which means that on primary day, a voter is free to choose any party’s primary, but once having made that choice, the voter is confined to voting in the primary of just one party.


Age: Must be at least 18 years old on Election Day

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Must be a legal resident of North Dakota and a resident in the precinct for 30 days preceding the election

Mental Competency: No person who has been declared mentally incompetent shall be qualified to vote, unless the order has been rescinded

Felony Convictions: Except as otherwise provided by law, a person convicted of a crime does not suffer civil death or corruption of blood or sustain loss of civil rights or forfeiture of estate or property, but retains all of his rights, political, personal, civil, and otherwise, including the right to hold public office or employment; to vote; to hold, receive, and transfer property; to enter into contracts; to sue and be sued; and to hold offices of private trust in accordance with law.

ID Requirements: There are no ID requirements necessary to register to since North Dakota does not have voters register before Election Day. However, you must bring ID in order to vote. Acceptable forms of identification must include a street address (PO Boxes do not establish residency):
   -Valid Driver's License;
   -Valid Non-Driver's State Identification Card
   -Valid Tribal Government Issued Identification Card;
   -Valid Student Identification Certificate(provided by ND college or university)
   -Long-term care identification certificate (provided by ND facility)


North Dakota is the only state in which voter registration is not necessary to vote.


Who can vote absentee:
No excuse is needed to request an absentee ballot


Online: Download a form. Or complete the online application

In person: You may obtain and complete an absentee ballot request in person at your county auditor's office.

By mail: Mail a completed form to your county auditor's office.

Military and overseas voting: Military and Overseas voters may obtain a ballot by means of the absentee ballot application. See North Dakota's guide for Military and Overseas voters for more information.

Emergency Voting: North Dakota does not register voters, therefore any eligible voter that arrives at the polls on election day may register and vote at the polls.

Other absentee ballot information: You may also fax or email a completed form to your county auditor's office.


Location and time: 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.

Other absentee ballot submission information: Uniformed service members stationed away from home and citizens living outside the United States may also receive and return voted ballots by fax or electronic means.


Early voting qualifications: Voting early is the same process as voting absentee in North Dakota. Contact your county auditor for election locations and times.


Deciding how to vote:

Time off to vote: North Dakota encourages employers to provide time off to vote when an employee's regular work schedule conflicts with the times polls are open. This policy however is voluntary.

Polling Place: Polling precinct locator

ID Requirements:Acceptable ID for verification at the polling place:
   -Valid Drivers License
   -Valid State Identification Card
   -Valid Federally Issued Identification Card: (1) Passport (2) Agency Identification Card
   -Valid Tribal Government Issued Identification Card
   -Valid Student Identification Card
   -Valid United States Military Identification Card
   -Utility bill dated 30 days prior to election day with name and residential address
   -Change of address verification letter from the US Postal Service

If you do not have one of the forms of identification listed above, you still have the right to vote if:
   -An election poll worker is able to vouch for your identity and residence.
   -You complete a Voter’s Affidavit on which you certify, under oath, your identity and that you are a resident within this precinct.

How to Vote: North Dakota voting information

Problems with voting: North Dakota HAVA Complaint Form

Verifying absentee ballot status: Absentee ballot verification