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North Dakota

In America, our responsibility as citizens is to vote. Your state government’s responsibility is to protect that vote. How is your state doing on holding up its end of the bargain?

 

 SAFEGUARD A: PROOF OF RESIDENCY 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD B: ID + SIGNATURE VERIFICATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD C: VERIFIED REGISTRATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 IS MAIL-IN VOTING IN PLACE? 

NO

Election Day

PROBLEM: Political parties are already planning for the possibility that few, or even no, polling places will open in November.

  • The 2020 primary election in North Dakota was conducted entirely by mail; no polling places were open
     

  • In late April, about six weeks before the election, all North Dakota voters received an absentee ballot application in the mail, which they completed and mailed back to the Elections Office to receive an absentee ballot

  • While there have been no official decisions made for the November general election, political parties in the state are already preparing for few, if any, polling places to be open

KNOW THE FACTS ABOUt

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WHERE CAN I FIND MY POLLING PLACE?

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF VOTERS CAST VOTES BY MAIL IN 2016 & 2018?

2016: 23%     2018: 29%

IS THE VOTING SYSTEM SET UP FOR ABSENTEE OR MAIL-IN VOTING?

Absentee voting: voters complete an absentee ballot request form and return it to their Elections Office before they are sent a ballot

CAN I REQUEST AND SUBMIT AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR ANY REASON?

YES

Who can collect and return an absentee ballot other than the voter?

An agent of the voter's choosing, cannot be candidate

HOW DO OFFICIALS VERIFY THE LEGITIMACY OF MY BALLOT APPLICATION?

  • Signature on affidavit is compared with signature on ballot application

  • Driver’s license, non-driver’s ID, tribal ID, or military ID number necessary

IF THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY BALLOT,

WILL OFFICIALS CALL ME TO CORRECT IT?

NO

WHEN IS MY MAILED BALLOT DUE?

Must be postmarked at least one day before election

IS THERE AN EARLY VOTING PERIOD?

YES

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

You can find more information by clicking here

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IT'S HAPPENING
& THE ISSUES ARE REAL

See news stories and editorials that illustrate why mail-in voting results in lost votes and lost rights.

FEWER POLLING STATIONS & longer lines

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Hundreds of people waited for hours at three in-person voting sites in the Las Vegas area, and the only one in Reno, after polling places were reduced due to the coronavirus.

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harvesting

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Duplicate Registrations

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California’s ambitious effort to automate voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle offices produced almost 84,000 duplicate records and more than twice that number with political party mistakes

post office problems

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Postal delays and mistakes have marred primary voting, and after years of budget cuts and plant closures, mail delivery has slowed so much that ballot deadlines in many states are no longer realistic.

Inaccurate
Voter Rolls

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The Tims were surprised, and a bit amused when they saw what Cody received in the mail. "We have a voter registration application for Cody Tims! How did this happen? It's not reality, he's a cat and he's been dead for a long time," said Carol Tims.

ballots tossed for a simple mistake

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Slightly more than 23,000 ballots were thrown out, mostly because those voters or their witnesses missed at least one line on a form.

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