Voting in
North Dakota

Brought to you by HeadCount

How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in North Dakota, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the North Dakota Election Website or call (701) 328-4146 to learn more about your states voting details.

Have more questions about voting?

Important Dates - General Election

General Election Date

Voting Information for North Dakota

Don’t miss your next election!

North Dakota does not have voter registration. To vote you must be a resident of North Dakota and reside in the precinct for 30 days before the election. If you would prefer to vote by mail, you may submit an annual request for absentee ballots, no excuse required.

Vote-by-mail systems are different in every state. It is critical that you follow directions and pay attention to the details, or your ballot could be challenged or even tossed.

The signature on your ballot must match your DMV signature, or signature that is on file with your voter registration if you do not have a state-issued ID. If your signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed.

Here are some important things to know about voting by mail in North Dakota:

Don't forget to put postage on your ballot. You are responsible for adding stamps.

Your state has a "postmark" deadline of Monday, November 2nd. To make the mandated postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time for the postmark deadline. You may also return your ballot via a delivery service, like FedEx or UPS, to ensure delivery date.

Your state does NOT offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will be tossed if your signature does not match or you do not follow directions. Pay close attention to your state’s completed absentee ballot requirements so your vote is counted.

Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Click here to access.



Presidential Primaries

North Dakota does not have voter registration. To participate in the Republican caucus you must be affiliated with the party. The Democratic caucus does not require affiliation. Visit the North Dakota Democratic Party and Republican Party websites for party-specific information on caucus locations and procedures. Note that caucus will NOT be held at traditional polling locations.

Statewide Primaries

Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.

Find Your Representatives Explore Candidate Guides

Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: County specific

You can vote in-person at your county election’s office from before the election. Contact your County Auditor’s office for dates and times. No excuse required.

To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot. Absentee applications are requested at least one-week before the election. Contact your county auditor for their deadline. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by election day.

The absentee ballot application period opens Jan.1st. You may submit one form annually and select all elections or individual elections.

Request Absentee Ballot

Voter ID + Access for North Dakota

Do Voters Need ID?

  • Yes, voters need an ID
  • State or federal photo ID is required
  • First time voters need ID
  • ID needed to vote absentee

More Chances to Register

Your state does not offer additional voter registration options outside of the deadlines listed above.


Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.