The COVID-19 pandemic will change how we vote this year. On March 26, 2020, North Dakota Governor, Doug Burgum, signed an Executive Order urging all North Dakota counties to conduct the 2020 North Dakota Primary as a vote by mail election. If voters do not know how to obtain a ballot, this vote by mail process could prohibit thousands of tribal members from casting their votes. We must prepare for a June vote by mail election to ensure everyone has access to vote. You can read the executive order at the link below:
What is the North Dakota Primary Election?
The First or Primary Election, decides which candidates will appear on the 2020 General Election Ballot in November. The North Dakota Primary Election includes candidates running for a State Legislative District, State Office Position, and Congressional Seat. Also, the Primary Election in North Dakota is the only, and therefore final, election for schools and cities that have candidate races and measures on the ballot. This is your opportunity to support your best candidate or measures for the 2020 General Election! North Dakota Primary Election Day is on June 9, 2020. For more information about candidates, you can visit the link below:
How do I get a ballot?
The North Dakota Secretary of State sent a letter along with a ballot application for voters to receive their ballot in the mail. Once you complete the application form, you can mail it to your County Auditor in the prepaid postage envelope. You can also email, fax or drop it off at their office. If you did not receive a ballot application, you can fill out the electronic ballot application at this link:
You can download and print a ballot application at this link:
Who is my County Auditor?
All ballot applications must be turned in to your local County Auditor. You can deliver it by hand to the county office or you can mail it to them. Here is a list of County Auditors who work on the reservation:
What do I need to vote?
The North Dakota Voter Identification Law mandates that all voter identification cards must include the the following information:
- Current North Dakota Residential Address
- Date of Birth
If you do not have a physical address on your identification card, you can provide supplemental documentation. Types of supplemental documentation include:
- A current utility bill
- A current bank statement
- A check issued by a federal, state, or local government
- A pay check; or
- A document issued by a federal, state, or local government
Verify your residential address at your local County Auditors office.
How do I cast my ballot?
All voters who have completed their ballot can cast it by mail to your County Auditor. The ballot must be postmarked by June 8, 2020 in order to be counted.
There is an option to submit your ballot to a designated drop box in your county. These drop boxes will be available beginning April 30, 2020. All ballots must be cast in the drops boxes by 4:00pm on June 9, 2020.
Find your local ballot drop box here:
Here are some more ballot box locations for Urban Native voters in North Dakota:
How do I track my ballot?
The North Dakota Secretary of State is not required to notify electors if their ballots are rejected. Be sure to track your ballot to make sure your vote is counted. You can track your ballot at this link:
What happens if I ruin my ballot?
Voters can call their County Auditor’s Office and request another ballot to be mailed. Only three ballots are allowed to be replaced per voter.
Can someone submit my ballot for me?
Yes. Friends or family can retrieve signed and secured ballots from voters who are not able to return them on their own. If you have any questions about the safety and security of the ballot, contact your County Auditor for guidance. We ask you to be aware of who is helping you with your ballot. Only work with an entrusted to person to help you cast your vote.