Early voting continues in Ward County this week through Thursday. Poll hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Ward County Courthouse.
To be eligible to vote, a resident must be at least 18 years old and have lived in the county and state for at least 30 days immediately prior to the election. People must have lived in a precinct 30 days to vote in that precinct.
A person may have only one residence. State law defines residence as the place where a person remains when not called elsewhere for labor or other temporary purpose and to which the person returns when not engaged in those temporary activities. People living in a Federal Emergency Management Agency group site may vote in the precinct of their permanent residences. If not going back, they can claim a group site address.
Karl Davies of Minot casts his votes through a scanner after marking his ballot during early voting at the Ward County Courthouse Monday.
North Dakota has no voter registration, but voters must bring identification. People who
have no driver's license, passport or other photo identification that lists their current address and birth date can bring a document such as a utility bill, phone bill or post office change of address form that shows current address. Documents must show a street address and not a box number. A document verifying birth date must accompany proof of address if there could be a question that the person is at least 18 years old. The document need not be a birth certificate. Minot State University has an online letter that students can print that will be accepted for voter eligibility.
If residents have nothing to show for proof of eligibility, they may sign an affidavit witnessed by the inspector that they claim to be qualified voters. Election officials will follow up to verify any affidavits.