With the election coming close, many already decided citizens are just waiting for their opportunity to vote. Fortunately, 40 states (plus District of Columbia) allow some form of voting before the election on November 3rd.

Each state has its own rules, deadlines and terminology for voting before the general election. Some call it "early voting" or "in-person absentee". Others are mailing out ballots in advance which you can mail back or drop off in secure boxes or at county offices. Some states conclude early voting several days before the election.

This site attempts to make finding the details for your state's early voting rules convenient and accurate. Get your vote in early and relax.

Early voting has started in North Dakota!

You have until November 2, 2020 to vote before election day.

Can you early vote in person?

  • Early voting is available in some counties in North Dakota - you can check the list here to see if you can.

    • Click on "Early Voting Available Counties" in blue to show only the early voting locations.
  • Dates and times of early voting are set by county - so if you are in a county that has early voting, check in with your county election officials for the details.

Can you early vote by mail?

Any North Dakota resident can request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

What about on election day?

Polling place lookup

Find your polling place on this website.

ID requirements
  • You will be asked to show ID to vote in North Dakota. Your identification must include your name, current residential street address, and date of birth. Acceptable forms include: a current driver's license or non-driver's ID card; tribal-government-issued ID card; or a long-term care certificate (provided by ND facility). If your identification does not include a North Dakota residential address or date of birth, or the North Dakota residential address is not current, you 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 the 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.

  • Voters without ID: If you're not able to show a valid form of identification you may mark a ballot that will be securely set aside. When you provide 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.

How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

North Dakota does not have voter registration, but to be eligible to vote you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • be a resident of North Dakota
  • reside in the precinct for 30 days preceding Election Day
  • be able to provide a drivers license, non-driver identification card or other approved form of identification
  • not be currently incarcerated for a felony conviction.

Can I register online?

Unfortunately online registration is not possible in North Dakota.

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