Election FAQ

  • How do I apply for an Absentee Ballot?

    Access the application online at www.vote.nd.gov or contact the Cass County Finance office at 701-241-5600.

  • As a college student, what requirements must I meet to vote in Cass County?

    College students need to meet the four requirements that all voters must meet:

    • 18 years of age or older;
    • United States citizen;
    • North Dakota resident;
    • and have lived in their precinct for at least 30 days before the election.

    Students that are from North Dakota and currently reside in Cass County usually meet the four requirements but often elect to vote by absentee in their home county because they want to maintain that as their residence.  Students maintaining their North Dakota residency while attending school out-of-state are eligible to vote by absentee ballot using their North Dakota address. Students that are residents of Minnesota or other states should request an absentee ballot from the state they maintain as their residence.

  • How do I avoid long lines at the polls?

    To avoid long lines at the polls, vote at off-peak times. Polls are busiest from about 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM and then again at 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Voting from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM and from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM is lighter and may save you time when going to the polls. This also applies to the early voting precinct where our busiest times are over the lunch hour and after 4:30 PM.

  • How do I find out which legislative and commission district that I live in? ‎

    Go to https://vip.sos.nd.gov/PortalList.aspx and search on your address to get additional information on voting options and your polling location.

  • What forms do I need to file to run for a city office?

    A candidate for a city office shall file:

    These must be filed with the City Auditor by 4:00 PM on the 64th day before the election. Please contact your local city auditor regarding the required number of signatures for the petition.

    Please note that filing requirements for offices in the City of Fargo are different due to their Home Rule Charter. Please contact the City of Fargo Auditor's office at 701-241-1300 for more information or go to their website at www.ci.fargo.nd.us/CityInfo/ElectionsVoting/Runningforcityoffice.

  • What forms do I need to file to run for a county office?

    A candidate for a county office shall file:

    These must be filed with the County Finance office by 4:00 PM on the 64th day before the election.  Please contact your county finance office regarding the required number of signatures for the petition.

  • What forms do I need to file to run for a school district office?

    A candidate for a school district office shall file:

    These must be filed with your School Business Manager by 4:00 PM on the 64th day before the election.

  • What is a cross over vote?

    In the June election, you may vote for candidates in only one political party. That means you may not vote for a Republican in one office and a Democrat for another office. You must vote for candidates in one political party. This requirement is for statewide political races on the June ballot only. Political races on the November ballot may be voted any way you like. The voting equipment used at every polling location will notify you if you have incorrectly voted for candidates in more than one political party.

  • What should I bring with me on Election Day to the polling location?

    Go to vote.nd.gov for up-to-date voting requirements.