Voting Information

The North Dakota Secretary of State has all the voting information you need! Use these links to access the most up-to-date information for the November 8, 2022 general elections.


Click here for a one-page information sheet for college student voters

Click here for general election/voting information

Click here for North Dakota absentee ballot information

Click here for North Dakota Student Association student voting guide



Voting in North Dakota

According to the North Dakota Secretary of State, you may vote in North Dakota as a college student if you are:

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • Eighteen years or older on the day of election;
  • A resident of North Dakota; and
  • A resident who has resided in the precinct at least thirty days immediately preceding any election; and
  • Able to provide a valid form of identification such as a North Dakota driver’s license, non-driver ID, or tribal ID that includes your current residential address and date of birth;. If an individual’s valid form of identification does not include all the information required in 16.1-01-04.1(2) of the North Dakota Century Code, or the information is not current, the identification must be supplemented by presenting any of the documents as outlined in section 16.1-01-04.1(3)(b) of the North Dakota Century Code.


Those documents are:

  • A current utility bill in your name with your current address;
  • A current bank statement in your name with your current address;
  • A check issued by a federal, state, or local government;
  • A paycheck;
  • A document issued by a federal, state, or local government; or
  • A valid student identification card along with a printed voting certificate



This means – if a student’s valid form of identification (ND driver’s license, ND nondriver’s identification card, or tribal government issued identification) does not include the ND residential address or date of birth, or the ND residential address is not current, the student may supplement that identification with adequate proof of residency such as a utility bill, etc.


New legislation passed in 2021 that allows North Dakota residents enrolled at an NDUS institution to use their student IDs for address verification. Students currently enrolled at an institution of higher education, and who have a valid form of North Dakota identification with a different North Dakota address than where they currently reside, may provide, as supplemental documentation, a printed voting certificate containing the student’s name, address, and date of birth issued by the institution of higher education. This document must contain the institution’s letterhead or seal, along with a student photo identification card issued by the institution and containing the student’s photograph and legal name. Students can access the voting certificate through their Campus Connection portal.


To view information on identification requirements for voters, please click here.



Absentee Voting

If a student chooses to vote in their home district or home state, and the student will not travel to that precinct on election day to cast a ballot, the student will need to request an absentee ballot prior to the election.


For North Dakota absentee ballot information, click here.


For absentee ballot information for a different state, please click here to access information from the National Association of Secretaries of State or check with your home state’s election officials. Depending on your home state, your residency eligibility might change when you attend college out of state. Please do your own research in advance to election day!


Updated October 2022