En español | North Dakota’s Nov. 8 general election will decide races for the U.S. House and Senate, state House and Senate, and several state offices. The state’s primary was June 14.
- Absentee voting: All eligible voters can request an absentee/mail ballot and vote from home.
- Early in-person voting: County commissions decide whether to offer early in-person voting. If they do, it must occur no earlier than Oct. 24 for the general election. The dates and times of early voting vary among counties.
- In-person voting on Election Day: The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Voting hours vary by county, but all polling places must be open between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
What's new this year?
Recent redistricting has redrawn certain boundaries of state House and Senate districts. These changes may affect which candidates appear on your ballot.
What races are on the ballot?
- U.S. Senate: Katrina Christiansen (D), incumbent Sen. John Hoeven (R)
- U.S. House: incumbent Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R), Mark Haugen (D)
- State Senate: 32 of 47 seats
- State House: 66 of 94 seats
- Secretary of state, attorney general and other state offices
Do I need to register to vote?
North Dakota does not require voter registration. Any eligible voter (U.S. citizens 18-plus who live in North Dakota and have lived in a specific precinct for at least 30 days) may vote if they provide acceptable identification. Options include a state-issued driver’s license, nondriver’s ID card, tribal ID or long-term care ID certificate.
How can I get an absentee/mail ballot? Are there important deadlines?
Any eligible voter in North Dakota may request an absentee ballot. You’ll need to submit a new application each year, but you can elect to receive them for multiple elections in that year if your address does not change.
You can apply for an absentee ballot by mail or in person.
- By mail: Complete the absentee/mail ballot application online, then print the form and mail it to your county auditor.
- In person: Visit your county auditor's office when absentee ballots become available on Sept. 29. You can mark and return your ballot while there, or you can take it home and return it by mail or in person.
You can also fax your absentee ballot application or attach a scanned copy to an email and send it to your county auditor’s office.
Mail your absentee ballot application at least 10 days in advance of Election Day; otherwise it is recommended to hand-deliver your ballot to avoid mail delays.
How do I submit an absentee/mail ballot? Are there important deadlines?
- By mail: The return envelope must be postmarked with proper postage no later than Nov. 7 and arrive at your county auditor’s office by Nov. 21. It is recommended to directly ask a postal employee to apply the postmark if your ballot is mailed on Nov. 7.
- In person: Deliver your ballot to your county auditor’s office or a drop box, if available, by 5 p.m. on Nov. 7. Drop box locations will be listed at Vote.ND.Gov.
- Through an agent: Someone else can return your ballot for you if you submit an Agent Authorization request form. You can only act as an agent for four other voters per election.
In the event of an emergency, such as an unexpected illness or unplanned trip out of town, you may be able to request an emergency absentee ballot.
Can I track my absentee ballot?
Yes — use the state’s absentee/mail ballot tracker.
Can I vote in person before Election Day?
If your county offers early in-person voting, it can start no earlier than Oct. 24 for the general election.
Locations, dates and times for early voting are expected to be posted to Vote.ND.Gov on Sept. 8. Enter your address and zip code into the “My Voting Information” sidebar.
When is Election Day? When are polls open?
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polling places must be open at least between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. But hours vary by county. Check when and where to cast your ballot on the state's My Voting Information portal.
Do I need identification to vote?
Yes. Identification must include your name, current North Dakota residential address and date of birth. A state-issued driver’s license, nondriver’s ID card, tribal ID or long-term care ID certificate is acceptable.
If your ID does not include your residential address or date of birth, or your residential address is not current, you can supplement the ID with another document, such as a current utility bill, current bank statement or a check.
If you are unable to show a valid form of ID but qualify to vote, you can mark a ballot that will be securely set aside. You must then either present valid ID at the polling place on Election Day or at your county auditor’s office by Nov. 21.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on July 29 with information about how to vote in the general election. The guide was first published on July 20, 2020.