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What College Students Need to Know About Voting

Voting in North Dakota
College students busy with classes, tests and social lives can find it easy to overlook what's going on outside of campus life. Voting in the upcoming election is definitely among the more important events coming up, and something many students will want to put on their "to do" list.

There are two ways to vote - by mail or in person - and there are good reasons for each.

Voting Absentee/By Mail: Students may want to vote absentee because they have strong feelings about candidates or issues "back home" or simply prefer the convenience of voting by mail. To do so, simply complete an application to receive a ballot, which will be sent by mail. Absentee ballot applications are available online at

Voting in Person: Students also have good reasons to prefer voting in person, such as supporting local candidates or issues, or simply to have the experience of stepping into a voting booth to cast their vote. While driving to their home voting precinct on Election Day is certainly an option, for most students, this will mean voting in the precinct they live in during the school year.

The main thing to remember is that voters need to reside in their precinct 30 days prior to Election Day, and their ID needs to match up with that address. Most students already have a current state-issued driver's license or non-driver's ID. Tribal IDs are also acceptable if they show the current residential address.

Students voting in person in their college town have two options for their ID:
  1. If the college address is temporary (moving back home after the school year) they need to get a Student Identification Certificate for voting. This certificate verifies a dorm or apartment as the residence. The Student ID Certificate is available by logging onto Campus Connection. The Student Voting Information link provides everything needed. A Student ID Certificate is necessary because, unlike a student photo ID, the Certificate includes residential address.
  2. If the college address is permanent (not planning to move back home after the school year) then the student needs to update their state-issued driver's license or non-driver's ID. State law requires all drivers update their address within 10 days of moving anyway, and the good news is it's the driver's license update will change your voter record, so it's all done in one step. This, too, is found at

To find your polling place, visit this site and type in your address.

For complete information about voting in North Dakota, visit

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