North Dakota Vote by Mail

Have you received your ballot application?

 

What You Need To Know

  • On June 9, North Dakota will hold a general election for local nonpartisan races, including city/county commissioners, school board, and municipal judges as well as party primary elections for legislative, statewide, and congressional seats. 
  • All counties in North Dakota will allow mail-in voting for the June primary. Few if any counties will have a physical location open on Election Day, so plan ahead.
  • In order to receive a Vote By Mail Ballot, you must first submit a Vote By Mail Application.
  • Everyone who has voted in North Dakota in the last four years or has a North Dakota license should receive an application for a ballot automatically.
  • Signed applications may be mailed, faxed, or emailed to your county auditor.
  • Digital signatures are not allowed, so you must print and physically sign the application.
  • When the county receives the application, they will mail back a ballot. You may then vote and return the ballot by mail.
  • If you need to use the assisted voter device, make an in-person appointment with your county auditor prior to the election.
  • If you need to contact your county auditor: Find My Auditor 
  • Track your ballot here.

Timeline/Schedule

  • April 15-20: Applications are mailed to North Dakota voters who must return them to their county auditors to receive a Vote By Mail Ballot
  • Didn’t receive an application by May 5? Visit the Secretary of State’s website to apply online ASAP or contact your County Auditor.
  • April 30: First day auditors may send out ballots.
  • June 8: Ballot must be postmarked by this date
  • June 9: Election Day, drop off ballots at designated county locations by 4 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: There is NOT a set deadline to apply, so give yourself adequate time to submit your application, have it processed, receive a ballot, and mail it back by June 8.

Application

  • Applications for ballots will come with a postage-paid envelope addressed to your county auditor.
  • Fill out your application and return it ASAP. A ballot will then be mailed back to you.
  • We strongly encourage you to check “All Statewide Elections,“City Election”, and “School Election” at the top of your application to ensure you receive a mail-in ballot for all state and local elections in North Dakota this year. 
  • Signed applications may be mailed, faxed, or emailed to your county auditor.
  • Voters may request your ballot be mailed to a P.O. Box or other address, rather than your registered address, using the online application.

Voter ID

  • Voters must have an approved ID to vote. This may be: a North Dakota driver’s license; a North Dakota non-driver’s identification card; a Tribal identification card; or a long-term care identification certificate. 
  • If the address on your driver’s license is not your current physical address or you need an ID, visit this site for more information or here to update your address.
  • Until further notice, Drivers License offices are by appointment only. No walk-ins.
  • Voters may request your ballot be mailed to a P.O. Box or another address not on your ID, using the online application.

Ballot

  • When the County Auditor receives your application, they will send a ballot to your mailing address.
  • If you do not receive an application, request one online at the Secretary of State’s website.
  • You will need to pay postage to send in your ballot.
  • The ballot must be postmarked by June 8.
  • Ballots may ONLY be mailed or dropped off at specific county locations and must be placed there by June 9 at 4 p.m.