VOTE: Election 2020
North Dakota
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General Election
November 3
ELECTION DAY

Voting

VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in North Dakota?
Any voter can request a Vote by Mail ballot, no excuse required

Can I submit an application online?
Yes, just tap the button below.

What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
No specific deadline

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be postmarked and received by Election Day (Nov. 3).

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Oct. 19 (varies locally)

VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
Polls must be open by 7 a.m. the earliest and remain open until 9 p.m. at the latest.

ID Requirements
Non-photo identification is required:

Driver’s license
Nondriver’s identification card
Tribal government-issued identification
Long-term care identification certificate

If a voter does not have a form of identification that includes his or her current North Dakota residential address or date of birth, the voter can present the following supplemental documents:

Current utility bill
Current bank statement
Check or a document issued by a federal, state, local, or tribal government
Paycheck

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MILITARY OR VOTING OVERSEAS

Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the former Democratic vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On April 25, 2019, Biden announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2020. With the plurality of pledged delegates, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee on April 8, 2020, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign. Biden crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the nomination on June 5, 2020, and was formally nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020.

Biden announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

On January 12, 2017, President Barack Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Biography

Donald John Trump (b. June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York) is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day.

Key policy initiatives during Trump's first term include the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and First Step Act in 2018, reducing the size of the ISIS caliphate, and establishing the Space Force as an independent military branch. Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

During his presidency, Trump has issued eight vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, click here.

On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on February 5, 2020.

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Vice President of the United States

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Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (b. June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana) is the 48th vice president of the United States, serving in President Donald Trump's (R) administration. He was elected on November 8, 2016, and sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Pence served as the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. As governor, Pence signed into law a 5 percent individual income tax cut in Indiana. He also supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, allowing individuals and businesses to exert a right to the free exercise of religion. In his first year in office, FiveThirtyEight ranked him as the second most conservative governor in the country.

From 2001 to 2013, Pence served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his final year in the House, Pence was rated a far-right Republican leader based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack.

Pence's press secretary stated that Pence tested negative for coronavirus on March 21, 2020. Pence was tested after one of his staffers tested positive. Click here for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

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Governor of North Dakota

Biography

Doug Burgum (Republican Party) is the Governor of North Dakota. He assumed office on December 15, 2016. His current term ends on December 15, 2020.

Burgum (Republican Party) is running for re-election for Governor of North Dakota. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Republican primary on June 9, 2020.

Burgum filed for governor on a joint ticket with Lieutenant Governor Brent Sanford (R).

Burgum announced his first run for the office on January 14, 2016, and was elected on November 8, 2016. He defeated Democratic state Rep. Marvin Nelson and Libertarian Marty Riske. The North Dakota Republican Party endorsed Burgum's primary opponent, five-term Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, at its April 2016 convention. Burgum defeated Stenehjem by 20.9 percentage points.

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Biography

DuWayne Hendrickson (Libertarian Party) is running for election for Governor of North Dakota. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Libertarian Party primary on June 9, 2020.

Hendrickson filed for governor on a joint ticket with lieutenant governor candidate Joshua Voytek (L).

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Biography

Shelley Lenz (Democratic Party) is running for election for Governor of North Dakota. She is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. She advanced from the Democratic primary on June 9, 2020.

Lenz filed for governor on a joint ticket with lieutenant governor candidate Ben Vig (D).

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Initiatives

North Dakota Constitutional Measure 1
Board of Higher Education Membership Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports the amendment to increase the membership of the Board of Higher Education from eight to 15; increase term length from four years to six years; and prohibit state employees, officials, legislators, from being members.

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A "no" vote opposes the amendment, thus keeping the membership of the Board of Higher Education at eight members with term limits of four years and allowing members to be state officials, legislators, or state employees.

North Dakota Constitutional Measure 2
Require Initiated Constitutional Amendments to be Approved by the Legislature or Passed Twice Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports the amendment to require initiated constitutional amendments passed by voters to be submitted to the legislature for approval and in the case of rejection, require the measure to be placed on the ballot again at the next statewide election to become effective if approved by the voters a second time.

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A "no" vote opposes the amendment to require citizen initiated constitutional amendments to be submitted to the legislature after voter approval.