North Dakota | Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

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


  • North Dakota Democratic Caucuses: March 10, 2020

  • North Dakota Republican State Convention: April 3-5, 2020 (tentative)

  • Primary Election: June 9

  • General Election: November 3, 2020

Official Election Websites

More election information at Vote.ND.Gov

Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to vote. North Dakota does not conduct voter registration.

Students attending college in North Dakota can choose to vote there or remain registered or register at their permanent or home address. You may only vote in one location.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

... Does not apply. North Dakota voters do not need to submit a voter registration form to cast a vote.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

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

Acceptable forms of ID:

  • 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:

If you do not or cannot show a valid form of ID when voting in-person, you may still vote a provisional ballot, which will be counted if you present a valid ID to the proper election official prior to the meeting of the canvassing board.

Where Do I Vote?

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

How Can I Vote?


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor has issued an executive order allowing counties to choose to conduct the election entirely by mail. Contact your county clerk’s office for additional information.

By Mail

  • Any qualified voter may vote absentee by mail in North Dakota without an excuse.

  • You can prepare an absentee ballot application online or download  a blank form. Online applications must be printed, signed, and returned to county election officials. Voters may also request an application from county, city, or school district officials.

  • You must include a valid ID number with your absentee ballot application form. If your ID does not include your current North Dakota residential address or date of birth, then you must provide supplemental ID that provides the missing piece of information.

  • You may return the application in person or by mail, fax, or email. North Dakota law requires submission of an absentee ballot “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” [ND ST 16.1-07-05(3)].

  • Track your absentee ballot at

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

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 September 2020