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How to Register to Vote

You don’t need to register to vote in North Dakota. Instead, make sure you meet all the voting requirements, and provide ID to vote on Election Day, Nov 8.

Voting requirements in North Dakota

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at a North Dakota address by Oct 9
  • Not be in jail or prison for a felony conviction
  • Not be currently judged mentally incompetent by a court
You don’t need to register to vote in North Dakota. Instead, make sure you meet all the voting requirements, and provide ID to vote on Election Day, Nov 8.

Voting requirements in North Dakota

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at a North Dakota address by Oct 9
  • Not be in jail or prison for a felony conviction
  • Not be currently judged mentally incompetent by a court

How to Vote

Vote early

Your county may offer the ability to vote in person before Election Day by voting an absentee ballot in the county office. Contact your county election official for early voting dates and times in your county.

Bring an accepted ID.


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM. If you’re in line at your voting location by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted ID.

Who can vote by mail

Any registered voter in North Dakota can vote absentee by mail.


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print the absentee ballot request form or apply for an absentee ballot online.

Get the form


2. Fill out the application

Step 1 · To receive an absentee ballot for the general election on Nov 8, check the box for “November (General) Election”

Step 2 · Provide your name, birthday, and phone number

Step 3 · Check the box to indicate which ID you’re providing, or to indicate that you don’t have an ID

Step 4 · Provide an ID number or attach a copy of your long term care certificate

If you have an accepted ID, write the ID number in the box provided
If you don’t have an accepted ID, you can have another registered voter confirm your identity by completing the spaces provided under “Applicants Without ID”

Step 5 · Provide the address where you live

Step 6 · Provide the address where you want your ballot mailed (if different from Step 5)

Step 7 · Sign and date the application form


3. Submit the application

Mail the signed and completed form so it’s received by Nov 7 by your county election official

Be sure to apply early enough so the county can mail your ballot and you can return it before Election Day, Nov 8


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Mail your completed ballot to the address on the ballot return envelope so it’s postmarked by Nov 7
  • Check the status of your ballot on vip.sos.nd.gov
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote early

Your county may offer the ability to vote in person before Election Day by voting an absentee ballot in the county office. Contact your county election official for early voting dates and times in your county.

Bring an accepted ID


Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM. If you’re in line at your voting location by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted ID

Voting requirements
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at your address by Oct 9
  • Not be in jail or prison for a felony conviction
  • Not be currently judged mentally incompetent by a court

In person ID requirements

Bring one of the following IDs with you to your voting location to vote:

  • ND Driver’s license
  • ND non-driver’s license ID
  • Tribal ID
  • Long-Term Care Certificate (only valid if you don’t have a driver’s license, non-driver’s ID, or tribal ID)
  • Passport or military ID (only valid for voters in the military or living outside the US who don’t have a driver’s license, non-driver’s ID, or tribal ID)

By mail ID requirements

Provide one of the following on your absentee ballot application:

  • ND driver’s license number
  • ND non-driver’s license ID number
  • Tribal ID number
  • A copy of your Long-Term Care Certificate (only valid if you don’t have a driver’s license, non-driver’s ID, or tribal ID)
  • Passport or military ID number (only valid for voters in the military or living outside the US who don’t have a driver’s license, non-driver’s ID, or tribal ID)

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Valid North Dakota Drivers License
  • Valid State Identification Card
  • Valid Federally Issued Identification Card, such as a Passport or an 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
  • Valid North Dakota Drivers License
  • Valid State Identification Card
  • Valid Federally Issued Identification Card, such as a Passport or an 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