Voter Registration: North Dakota


North Dakota is the only state without voter registration. North Dakota law still provides cities with the ability to register voters for city elections.



Age: Must be at least 18 years old on Election Day

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Must be a legal resident of North Dakota and a resident in the precinct at least thirty days immediately preceding any election



Online: Complete the online application.

In person: You may obtain and complete an absentee ballot request in person at your county auditor's office.

By Mail: Download an Absentee/Mail Ballot Application and mail it to your county auditor's office.

Military and overseas voting: Military and Overseas voters may obtain a ballot by means of the absentee/mail ballot application. See North Dakota's guide for military and overseas voters for more information.



Location and time: Whether you vote absentee or by mail ballot, your return envelope must be postmarked no later than the day before the election.



The voting hours in North Dakota vary by county. Polling place voting hours are available online through the Polling Place Search. A voter who is standing in line at the time the polls close will be allowed to vote. However, a voter who arrives after the polls close may not be allowed to vote. 


Acceptable ID for verification at the polling place: Valid driver's license, Valid non-driver's identification card, tribal government issued identification,  and Long term care identification certificate


If an individual’s valid form of identification does not include the North Dakota residential address or date of birth, or the North Dakota residential address is not current, the individual 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 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.



Deciding how to vote:

Polling Place: polling precinct locator

How to Vote: North Dakota voting information

Problems with voting: North Dakota HAVA Complaint Form

Verifying absentee ballot status: absentee ballot verification