Voters, who lack official identification forms, including a driver’s license or state identification card, still can vote by giving a sworn statement, or affidavit, at the polls. The affidavit option was enabled by a recent federal court ruling in a case challenging North Dakota’s voter identification law.
Those who fill out an affidavit to provide voter identification attest that they meet all the qualifying requirements, including state residency, U.S. citizenship, being 18 or older and living in their precinct for at least 30 days. Although affidavits are an acceptable form of identification because of the court ruling, they are time-consuming for election officials, who must verify the information after the election. The county auditor will send a notice to the voter within 14 days after the election. It is important that you respond to that notice. If proof of eligibility to vote is not determined, the county auditor will notify the state’s attorney who will assist in the investigation of eligibility to vote in this election.
Elderly voters who live in a nursing home can present a long term care certificate, paperwork that long term care centers are good about providing.
College students can vote absentee in hometowns or in their college precincts using an affidavit, if necessary.
North Dakota voters can go online to update their voter identification or get answers to other voting questions at the North Dakota Secretary of State’s website at vote.nd.gov or call 701-352-2851 for more information.