North Dakota | Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

North Dakota voters do not need to submit a voter registration form to cast a ballot.

Official Election Websites

More election information at Vote.ND.Gov

Register at School or Home

Students have a decision about where to register to vote.

You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes.

You may only be registered and vote in one location.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

North Dakota voters do not need to submit a voter registration form to cast a ballot.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

In-person voters in North Dakota are required to present ID that bears the voter’s name, current residential address, and date of birth. If requesting an absentee ballot, you must send a copy of an acceptable form of ID.

Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Current and valid North Dakota driver’s license or state ID

  • Tribal government or Bureau of Indian Affairs issued ID

  • Long-term care certificate (provided by North Dakota facility)

If the valid ID does not include the voter’s birthday or current North Dakota residential address, supplemental documentation must be provided. A list of supplemental documents is available at:

Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at:'

How Can I Vote?

By Mail

You can apply for an absentee ballot application online or using a mail-in form. Online applications must be printed, signed, and returned to county election officials.

You may return the application in-person or by mail, fax, or email. North Dakota law requires submission of an absentee ballot application “in a timely manner so as to allow the applicant to receive, complete, and mail the absent voter’s ballot before the day of the election.”

Track your absentee ballot at:

Completed absentee ballots sent by mail must be postmarked or date stamped no later than the day before Election Day. 

You can also return your ballot in-person to your county auditor’s office or at a designated drop-box location. 

If returning your absentee ballot in-person, it must be received by 5 p.m. on the day before Election Day.

Early In-Person

Counties in North Dakota may choose to open an early voting location, available to all voters in the county. Please contact your county election officials to learn if your county offers early voting, as well as dates and times for early voting.

Election Day

Voting hours vary by county. You can check your polling hours at or by contacting your county clerk's office

Polls must be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. but may open earlier or close later, respectively. If you are in line by the closing time, you have the right to cast a ballot.

Common Questions/Concerns

Voting Does Not Affect Your:

Federal Financial Aid

Where you vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA.

Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

Voting at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes.

Tuition Status

Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to vote in your campus community.


Will voting in North Dakota affect my driver’s license or car registration?

As a full-time student in North Dakota, you may have to make these changes regardless of whether you vote in North Dakota. For more information, contact the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Dakota legal professional.


Last updated July 2021