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Statewide Election Countdown

November 6th 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 Residential or Mailing (PO Box or Other) 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 or BIA issued identification
  • Long term care identification certificate (provided by ND facility)
  • A federal judge has ordered that a qualified elector is to be issued a ballot if the elector presents "another" form of identification.
    • If an individual’s valid form of identification does not include name, address, or date of birth; or the information is not current, the individual may supplement the identification with a current utility bill; a current bank statement; a check issued by a federal, state, local, or tribal government; a paycheck; or a document issued by a federal, state, local, or tribal government.
    • 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:

  • North Dakota form of identification listed above
    • 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 without 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.
      • A copy of the supplemental documentation, if necessary, can be used when applying for an absentee/mail ballot.
      • Incomplete applications, including those needing to provide complete ID, will be returned to the applicant for completion and resubmission.

Alternate Forms of Identification While Court Order is in Effect

  • A federal judge has ordered that a qualified elector is to be issued a ballot if the elector presents "another" form of identification. This identification must include the voter's:
    • Name
    • Date of Birth
    • Either Residential or Mailing (PO Box or Other) address
  • An elector presenting "another" form of identification may still provide a form of supplemental documentation detailed above to update information on the identification presented.