The election is still a month away, however, people can vote early.
Absentee voting is currently open to every North Dakota resident and a specific reason to vote early is not required. Voters have the option of going through an online process, or they can stop by the local county auditor’s office. If they pick up the ballot in person, voters have the option to fill it out in the office or mail the ballot back in.
Harris Bailey, Richland County auditor, explained that many people were more comfortable with the absentee method.
“It’s a lot easier if people don’t want to feel rushed,” he said.
Bailey added that taking a ballot back home allows them to discuss their decision more and that is something not available at the polls. According to Bailey, almost 16 percent of the votes in Richland County came through absentee ballots, and there are already 375 ballots out currently for the upcoming election.
To fill out an application for a ballot, voters must have documentation including a photo ID or other proof of current residency and date of birth. Voters can hand in an application for a ballot to the auditor’s office throughout the election year, with the office being open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bailey said the dealine to return their ballots is Monday, Nov. 5.
Harris Bailey can be reached at 701-642-7702, for more information on North Dakota voting, visit website of the N.D. Secretary of State at www.nd.gov/sos.