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Bismarck, N.D., (September 15, 2020) – Burleigh County voters will have three options to cast a ballot in the November 3, 2020 General Election. These three options are: voting absentee, voting early, or voting on Election Day.
Voters can request an absentee ballot by calling the Burleigh County Auditor’s office at 701-222-6718 and requesting an application for a ballot. Alternatively, voters may visit www.vote.nd.gov and click “Vote by Mail/Absentee” and follow the steps to get a pre-filled application. All ballot request applications must be printed, signed and returned to the Burleigh County Auditor’s office at PO Box 5518, Bismarck, ND 58506 to be processed.
Any qualified voter within Burleigh County may utilize the early vote precinct held at the Bismarck Event Center at 315 S. 5th Street, Bismarck, ND. Early vote will be open Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 through Monday, November 2nd, 2020, excluding Sundays. Please visit www.burleighco.com/elections/early to find early vote hours.
Voters may also choose to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020. The Burleigh County Auditor’s office urges voters to check their polling location by visiting www.vote.nd.gov and clicking “Where Do I Vote?” as their Election Day polling location from previous years may have changed. All polling locations in Burleigh County will be open from 7am to 7pm on Election Day.
Whether a citizen votes by absentee ballot or in-person, valid identification including the voter’s name, current residential address, and date of birth is required. Options include a North Dakota driver’s license, a non driver’s identification card, ID issued by a tribal government, or a long-term care identification certificate. More information about voter identification and to verify voting information and address can be found at vote.nd.gov. If a voter is unable to update their current address before election day, then the voter MUST bring with them a document such as a lease, utility bill, or bank statement showing their current residential address.
Important dates for the public to be aware of:
Receiving and returning an Absentee Ballot Application
• October 16th
o Suggested last day to return an application via mail to the Auditor’s Office; after this date, deposit the application in the secure drop box at the City/County Building located at 221 N. 5th Street, Bismarck.
Receiving and returning an Absentee Ballot
• September 24th
o Auditor’s Office begins to mail ballots
o Contact the Auditor’s Office if an absentee ballot application was submitted, but the voter has not yet received a ballot.
• October 29th
o Last day ballots will be mailed to voters.
• November 2nd
o Ballots returned via mail must be postmarked by this date. This does NOT mean put it in the mail that day. If a ballot is mailed ON November 2nd, there is no guarantee that it will be postmarked that same day. If mailing on the 2nd, it is advised for the voter to go to a post office and ask for a hand stamp of the postmark for that day. It is recommended to return a ballot via USPS at least one week before the election; if submitting your ballot within one week of the election, it is recommended to use the secure ballot drop box at 221 N. 5th St, Bismarck.
o Ballots returned via secure ballot drop box at 221 N. 5th St, Bismarck must be deposited by 5 pm CT.
o Ballots returned in person to the Auditor’s Office must be received by 5 pm CT.
• October 21st
o Early Vote opens at the Bismarck Event Center at 315 S. 5th Street, Bismarck at noon.
o Early Vote closes at 5 pm CT
Election Day Voting
• November 3rd
o Polling locations throughout Burleigh County open 7 am through 7 pm CT