Voting Guide

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


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

  • North Dakota Democratic Caucuses: March 10

  • Primary Election: TBD

  • General Election: November 3

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.


Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.

In-person voters in North Dakota are required to present ID that includes the voter’s name, current residential address, and date of birth.

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 ND 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: https://vip.sos.nd.gov/IDRequirements.aspx


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

If you are a North Dakota resident living outside the United States, voting absentee by mail, and do not possess one of the above forms of ID, you may use your passport or military ID.

If you have a disability that prevents you from traveling to obtain an acceptable form of ID and are voting absentee by mail, you may use an attester. The attester must provide their name, North Dakota driver’s license, non-driver’s, or tribal identification number, and sign the absentee/mail ballot application form to attest to the applicant’s North Dakota residency and voting eligibility.

By Mail

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

  • The application for an absentee ballot can be found online or requested from your county election official. You may return the application in person, by mail, fax, or email.

  • Completed absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than the day before Election Day. If you cannot meet this deadline, then you must go to your polling place to cast your ballot on Election Day.

  • Some counties conduct elections primarily by mail. If you live in one of those counties, a mail ballot application will be available online or by request from the auditor’s office.


Election Day

  • Each county sets its own voting hours. You can look up your polling place's hours on the Secretary of State's website. If you are in line by close of polls, you have a right to vote.

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 is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Carolina legal professional.
Last updated March 2019