How to vote in North Dakota

Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. North Dakota allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person. North Dakota offers early voting.

Who can vote

In order to vote in North Dakota, you must be:
  • A citizen of the United States;
  • Eighteen years or older on the day of election;
  • A resident of North Dakota;
  • A resident in the precinct at least thirty days immediately preceding any election; and
  • Able to provide a North Dakota driver’s license, nondriver ID, or tribal ID that includes your current residential address and date of birth. (If an individual’s valid form of identification does not include all the information required in subsection 2 of NDCC §16.1-01-04.1, or the information is not current, the identification must be supplemented by presenting any of the documents as outlined in subsection 3 of NDCC § 16.1-01-04.1.)])

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in North Dakota can look up where to vote on North Dakota’s site.

Vote early

North Dakota voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Monday, October 19, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

What to bring

  • 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.

Vote by mail

  1. Request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Monday, November 2, 2020.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what’s on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting the North Dakota sample ballot or by visiting Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more. If you’d like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Election Day registration

North Dakota does not offer registration on Election Day because voters are not required to register to vote in North Dakota.

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:

  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it. Following are recommended return dates to make sure your ballot arrives at your election office on time:
    • 35 days before election – On a ship at sea: September 28, 2020
    • 30 days before election – Outside of the US: October 2, 2020
    • 11 days before the election – Stateside: October 23, 2020
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.

If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:

  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program – offers additional information on military and overseas voting in North Dakota. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE or email

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Monday, November 2, 2020.
  • The early voting period runs from Monday, October 19, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

Election contact information for North Dakota

Secretary of State
600 E Boulevard Avenue Dept 108
Bismarck, ND 58505

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