Voting Facts: North Dakota and Minnesota

As November grows near, you’ll want to be make sure you’re registered to vote and meet the requirements.

North Dakota and Minnesota have two very different procedures that voters should know before they go to the polls this election season.

Since an election only happens every four years, your memory may be a little foggy.

Do you know what the requirements are to vote in North Dakota or Minnesota?
“No, I don’t know,” said one person we asked.
“I guess I know most of the rules. I am a North Dakota resident so voting for me has come pretty easily,” said a second.
“Yes, basically have a driver license, and proof of residential,” said a third.
In North Dakota, rules are a bit simpler; voters must meet the requirements and show up on Election Day.
“You have to meet the requirements for voting. Number one you’ll have to be at least 18 years of age, you have to be a U.S. citizen, and you have to be a resident of North Dakota, and you have to have lived in your precinct for 30 days,” said Michael Montplaisir Cass County Auditor.

If you’re only a temporary resident of North Dakota, there are still ways you can vote through your home state.
Temporary residents are able to submit what they call an absentee application.
“You’d have to apply for, and vote from that state you have a valid ID for,” said Montplaisir.

In Minnesota, some requirements include living in the state for at least 20 days, being 18 years of age, and having any felony conviction record discharged, expired or completed.

No matter what side of the river you live on, election officials say it’s important to do one thing.
“Plan ahead; make sure you meet all the requirements,” said Montplaisir.
State primary election day in North Dakota will take place June 14th, and August 9th in Minnesota.

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