Ward County to offer early voting, Voting Centers

Ward County voters desiring to vote in person will have the option to vote early or take advantage of one of five voting centers that will be open Nov. 3.

The voting centers will be in the Minot Municipal Auditorium, North Dakota State Fair Center, Kenmare City Hall, Ryder City Hall and Berthold City Hall. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Early voting will be offered Monday, Oct. 26, through Friday, Oct. 30, and Monday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Ward County Administration Building.

Identification is required for voting. Accepted identification cards include a North Dakota driver’s license, North Dakota non-driver’s identification card, tribal government-issued identification card or long term care identification certificate (provided by a North Dakota facility).

If unable to provide an updated ID, a supplemental document listing the new address may be provided. Documents may include a current utility bill, current bank statement, paycheck or check issued by a federal, state, local or tribal government.

Residents also have the option of voting by absentee ballot.

Returned ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2. Ballots also can be delivered by 5 p.m. on Nov. 2 to one of the drop boxes located at Kenmare City Hall, Surrey City Hall, Ryder City Hall, Makoti Senior Center, Burlington City Hall and Berthold City Hall. The Ward County Library drop box, located in front of the Ward County Administration Building, also serves as a ballot drop box.

Ballot application forms are available from the Ward County Auditor’s Office or online at https://vip.sos.nd.gov/absentee.

The auditor’s office is accepting applications by mail, email or fax. Mailed ballots will be sent to the addresses provided. Voters also may obtain a ballot in person by stopping by the auditor’s office during office hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Voters unable to personally obtain a ballot may authorize an agent to do so for them by filling out an absentee ballot application-agent authorization.

A person is eligible to vote if a U.S. citizen and North Dakota resident who is at least 18 years old on election day. A person must have lived in the precinct for 30 days preceding the election. Residence is defined as the place where one remains when not called elsewhere for labor or other special or temporary purpose.


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