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Statewide Election Countdown

June 12th 2018
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ID Required for Voting

Requirements for Identification

(NDCC § 16.1-01-04.1)

Identification must include the voter’s:

  • Name
  • Current North Dakota Residential Address
  • Date of Birth

Acceptable Forms of Identification:

Voting at the Polling Place – A Valid North Dakota:

  • Driver’s license
  • Nondriver’s identification card
  • Tribal government issued identification (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)
  • Long term care identification certificate (provided by North Dakota facility)

Supplemental Documentation

  • 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.

Set Aside Ballot Option

  • If an individual is not able to show a valid form of identification but asserts qualifications as an elector, the individual may mark a ballot that will be securely set aside. When the individual provides 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.

Voting Absentee or by Mail – A Valid:

  • Form of identification listed above

Voting Absentee or by Mail – Special Circumstances – A Valid:

  • Passport or Military ID – Only for North Dakota residents living outside the United States who do not possess one of the other forms of identification.
  • Attester – An applicant living with a disability that prevents the individual from traveling away from the individual’s home to obtain an acceptable form of identification may use an attester. The attester must provide his or her name, North Dakota driver’s license, nondriver’s, or tribal identification number, and sign the absentee/mail ballot application form to attest to the applicant’s North Dakota residency and voting eligibility.
  • NDCC § 16.1-07-06 states:
    • A copy of the supplemental documentation, if necessary, can be used when applying for an absentee/mail ballot.
    • Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant for completion and resubmission.