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Federal Election Deadlines

State Primary June 12, 2018 General Election November 6, 2018
Registration Not Required Not Required
Ballot Request Received by June 11, 2018 Received by November 5, 2018
Ballot Return Return by Mail: Postmarked by* June 11, 2018 Request Email/Online or Fax Ballot: Received by 11:59 PM, June 11, 2018 Return by Mail: Postmarked by* November 5, 2018 Return by Email/Online or Fax: Received by 11:59 PM, November 5, 2018

*Ballot Return: Ballots must be received by the 6th day after the election.

Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.

Important information

What is UOCAVA?

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act is commonly referred to as UOCAVA. UOCAVA citizens are U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members and other U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. The law provides the legal basis for absentee voting requirements for federal offices.

What is the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)?

The FPCA (federal form SF 76) allows UOCAVA citizens to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. This form is also used to update your contact information.

What is the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

The FWAB (federal form SF 186) serves as an emergency backup ballot for UOCAVA citizens. If you do not receive your absentee ballot from your State in time to return it to your election official to participate in the election, use the FWAB.

What is the DoD Fax Service?

The DoD Fax Service is for those voters who cannot send their election materials directly to their election officials. To fax your election materials, use the Transmission Cover Sheet found in Chapter 1 or online at FVAP.gov and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527 or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. If you need to send your election materials to your election official by fax but do not have access to a fax machine you can email them to fax@fvap.gov and FVAP will fax your election materials for you. This service is fax only. If your State accepts your election materials by email you should email them directly to your election official. FVAP will not transmit email to email transactions.

What is the Prepaid Mail Label 11- DoD?

Overseas Uniformed Service members can use this label for general election absentee ballots. It provides free express mail service to your election official for general election absentee ballots. You can request to have a Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to your absentee ballot at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). A portion of the label is kept by you for tracking your absentee ballot through the U.S. postal service.

What is a primary election?

A primary election is an election held before the general election to determine the candidates that can be placed on the general election ballot.

I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I vote in this State?

A U.S. citizen who has never resided in the U.S. and has a parent or legal guardian that was last domiciled in North Dakota is eligible to vote in North Dakota.

I am a National Guardsman activated on State orders; does my State afford me UOCAVA privileges?

Yes.

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
https://vip.sos.nd.gov/AbsenteeTracker.aspx

Does my State have any online tools?

You can see if your State has any online tools available here:
http://www.fvap.gov/north-dakota

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

Under federal law, the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) requests absentee ballots for a minimum of all federal elections in the current calendar year. Be sure to complete a new FPCA each year and every time your address changes.

Complete the following sections of the FPCA

Section 1

Select the category that best describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.


You must provide one of the following: a State issued ID number, the Tribal ID number, Military ID number Tribal ID number or passport number.

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address, even if you are requesting your ballot by email/online or fax. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you in order to accept your FPCA. If you want to receive your absentee ballot by email/online or fax, you must provide your email address or fax number.

Section 5

You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


Political party is not required.

Section 6

Provide any information that may assist your election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots.

Section 7

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

Section 1

Select the category that best describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.


You must provide one of the following: a State issued ID number, the Tribal ID number, Military ID number Tribal ID number or passport number.

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address, even if you are requesting your ballot by email/online or fax. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you in order to accept your FPCA. If you want to receive your absentee ballot by email/online or fax, you must provide your email address or fax number.

Section 5

You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


Political party is not required.

Section 6

Provide any information that may assist your election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots.

Section 7

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

You can submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Mail your FPCA: Once your FPCA is complete, mail your FPCA directly to your election official.

Email your FPCA: Scan the signed FPCA into your computer. Be sure to also include the Transmission Cover Sheet. Email this package directly to your election official.

Fax your FPCA: Fax your FPCA directly to your election official. Be sure to also include the Transmission Cover Sheet. You may use the DoD Fax Service to fax your FPCA if you do not have access to a fax machine to fax your election official directly. Instructions for the DoD Fax Service are in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

To find out the status of your FPCA, contact your election official. Your election official will contact you if your FPCA is not accepted.

Voting your ballot

Once you receive your absentee ballot from your State it must be returned according to the deadlines and requirements in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart. For special federal elections, visit FVAP.gov for specific deadlines.

You can submit the State absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section. If you do not have access to a fax machine to fax your election official directly, you may use the DoD Fax Service to fax your ballot. Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section.

Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.

You can use the FWAB to vote in federal, State and local elections, including ballot measures.

Complete the following sections of the FWAB's voter information page

Section 1

Select the category that best describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you to accept your FWAB.

Section 5

Check Yes if you would like to register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot, otherwise check No.


You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


Political party not required.

Section 6

Provide any information that may assist the election official in accepting this form.

Section 7

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

Section 1

Select the category that best describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you to accept your FWAB.

Section 5

Check Yes if you would like to register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot, otherwise check No.


You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


Political party not required.

Section 6

Provide any information that may assist the election official in accepting this form.

Section 7

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

Vote your FWAB

To vote, write in either a candidate's name or political party for each office. You are not required to make a selection for each and every contest.

How and where to submit your FWAB

You can submit the FWAB by mail, email or fax. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Mail your FWAB: Once your FWAB is complete, sign and date the Voter Information page. Fold along the dotted line and seal the completed Official Backup Ballot, do not write on the Official Ballot envelope. Insert the sealed Official Ballot envelope and the Voter Information page into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to your election official. Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Email your FWAB: Once your FWAB is complete, sign and date the Voter Information page. Scan the signed Voter Information page, the Official Backup Ballot and the Transmission Cover Sheet into your computer. Be sure to also sign the secrecy waiver on the Transmission Cover Sheet. Email this ballot package directly to your election official.

Fax your FWAB: Once your FWAB is complete, sign and date the Voter Information page. Fax the signed Voter Information page, the Official Backup Ballot and the Transmission Cover Sheet directly to your election official. Be sure to also sign the secrecy waiver on the Transmission Cover Sheet. You may use the DoD Fax Service to fax your FWAB toll-free if you do not have access to a fax machine to fax your election official directly. Instructions for the DoD Fax Service are in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

See the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart for the deadline for submitting the FWAB. If you receive the State absentee ballot after transmitting your voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State absentee ballot. If both are received by the deadline, only the State absentee ballot will be counted.

Local election offices for county

County Mailing Address
Adams Adams County Auditor
P.O. Box 589
Hettinger, ND 58639-0589
Phone: (701) 567-4363
Fax: (701) 567-2910
Barnes Barnes County Auditor
230 4th St NW, Rm 202
Valley City, ND 58072-2947
Phone: (701) 845-6666
Fax: (701) 845-8548
Benson Benson County Auditor
P.O. Box 206
Minnewaukan, ND 58351-0206
Phone: (701) 473-5340
Fax: (701) 473-5571
Billings Billings County Auditor
P.O. Box 168
Medora, ND 58645-0168
Phone: (701) 623-4377
Fax: (701) 623-4761
Bottineau Bottineau County Auditor
314 W 5th St, Ste 10
Bottineau, ND 58318-1268
Phone: (701) 228-2225
Fax: (701) 228-5181
Bowman Bowman County Auditor
104 1st St NW, Ste 1
Bowman, ND 58623
Phone: (701) 523-3130
Fax: (701) 523-4899
Burke Burke County Auditor
P.O. Box 310
Bowbells, ND 58721-0310
Phone: (701) 377-2861
Fax: (701) 377-2866
Burleigh Burleigh County Auditor
P.O. Box 5518
Bismarck, ND 58506-5518
Phone: (701) 222-6718
Fax: (701) 222-7528
Cass Cass County Auditor
P.O. Box 2806
Fargo, ND 58108-2806
Phone: (701) 241-5600
Fax: (701) 241-5728
Cavalier Cavalier County Auditor
901 3rd St, Ste 15
Langdon, ND 58249-2457
Phone: (701) 256-2229
Fax: (701) 256-2546
Dickey Dickey County Auditor
P.O. Box 215
Ellendale, ND 58436-0215
Phone: (701) 349-3249 x3
Fax: (701) 349-4639
Divide Divide County Auditor
P.O. Box 49
Crosby, ND 58730-0049
Phone: (701) 965-6351
Fax: (701) 965-4370
Dunn Dunn County Auditor
205 Owens St
Manning, ND 58642-0105
Phone: (701) 573-4448
Fax: (701) 573-4323
Eddy Eddy County Auditor
524 Central Ave
New Rockford, ND 58356-1652
Phone: (701) 947-2434 x2020
Fax: (701) 947-2279
Emmons Emmons County Auditor
P.O. Box 129
Linton, ND 58552-0129
Phone: (701) 254-4807
Fax: (701) 254-4012
Foster Foster County Auditor
P.O. Box 104
Carrington, ND 58421-0104
Phone: (701) 652-2441
Fax: (701) 652-2173
Golden Valley Golden Valley County Auditor
P.O. Box 67
Beach, ND 58621-0067
Phone: (701) 872-4331
Fax: (701) 872-4383
Grand Forks Grand Forks County Auditor
P.O. Box 5726
Grand Forks, ND 58206-5726
Phone: (701) 780-8200
Fax: (701) 780-8207
Grant Grant County Auditor
P.O. Box 227
Carson, ND 58529-0227
Phone: (701) 622-3275
Fax: (701) 622-3005
Griggs Griggs County Auditor
P.O. Box 511
Cooperstown, ND 58425-0511
Phone: (701) 797-3117
Fax: (701) 797-3587
Hettinger Hettinger County Auditor
P.O. Box 157
Mott, ND 58646-0668
Phone: (701) 824-2515
Fax: (701) 824-2717
Kidder Kidder County Auditor
P.O. Box 167
Steele, ND 58482-0167
Phone: (701) 475-2632 x9219
Fax: (701) 475-2202
LaMoure LaMoure County Auditor
P.O. Box 128
LaMoure, ND 58458-0128
Phone: (701) 883-5301
Fax: (701) 883-4514
Logan Logan County Auditor
301 Broadway
Napoleon, ND 58561-7010
Phone: (701) 754-2425
Fax: (701) 754-2280
McHenry McHenry County Auditor
407 Main St S, Rm 201
Towner, ND 58788-4048
Phone: (701) 537-5724
Fax: (701) 537-5969
McIntosh McIntosh County Auditor
P.O. Box 39
Ashley, ND 58413-0019
Phone: (701) 288-3347
Fax: (701) 288-3671
McKenzie McKenzie County Auditor
201 5th St NW, Ste 543
Watford City, ND 58854-7103
Phone: (701) 444-3616
Fax: (701) 444-4113
McLean McLean County Auditor
P.O. Box 1108
Washburn, ND 58577-1108
Phone: (701) 462-8541
Fax: (701) 462-3542
Mercer Mercer County Auditor
P.O. Box 39
Stanton, ND 58571-0039
Phone: (701) 745-3292
Fax: (701) 745-3793
Morton Morton County Auditor
210 2nd Ave, NW
Mandan, ND 58554-3158
Phone: (701) 667-3300
Fax: (701) 667-3453
Mountrail Mountrail County Auditor
P.O. Box 69
Stanley, ND 58784-0069
Phone: (701) 628-2145
Fax: (701) 628-2276
Nelson Nelson County Auditor
210 B Ave W, Ste 201
Lakota, ND 58344-7410
Phone: (701) 247-2463
Fax: (701) 247-2754
Oliver Oliver County Auditor
P.O. Box 188
Center, ND 58530-0188
Phone: (701) 794-8721
Fax: (701) 794-3476
Pembina Pembina County Auditor
301 Dakota St W, Ste 1
Cavalier, ND 58220-4100
Phone: (701) 265-4231
Fax: (701) 265-4876
Pierce Pierce County Auditor
240 2nd St SE, Ste 6
Rugby, ND 58368-1897
Phone: (701) 776-5225
Fax: (701) 776-6942
Ramsey Ramsey County Auditor
524 4th Ave NE, Unit 6
Devils Lake, ND 58301-2487
Phone: (701) 662-7009
Fax: (701) 662-7049
Ransom Ransom County Auditor
P.O. Box 668
Lisbon, ND 58054-0668
Phone: (701) 683-6113
Fax: (701) 683-5827
Renville Renville County Auditor
P.O. Box 68
Mohall, ND 58761-0068
Phone: (701) 756-6301
Fax: (701) 756-7158
Richland Richland County Auditor
418 2nd Ave N
Wahpeton, ND 58075-4400
Phone: (701) 642-7700
Fax: (701) 642-7701
Rolette Rolette County Auditor
P.O. Box 939
Rolla, ND 58367-0939
Phone: (701) 477-5665
Fax: (701) 477-6339
Sargent Sargent County Auditor
355 Main St S, Ste 1
Forman, ND 58032-4149
Phone: (701) 724-6241
Fax: (701) 724-6244
Sheridan Sheridan County Auditor
P.O. Box 439
McClusky, ND 58463-0439
Phone: (701) 363-2205
Fax: (701) 363-2953
Sioux Sioux County Auditor
P.O. Box L
Fort Yates, ND 58538-0529
Phone: (701) 854-3481
Fax: (701) 854-3854
Slope Slope County Auditor
P.O. Box NN
Amidon, ND 58620-0449
Phone: (701) 879-6276
Fax: (701) 879-6278
Stark Stark County Auditor
P.O. Box 130
Dickinson, ND 58602-0130
Phone: (701) 456-7630
Fax: (701) 456-7634
Steele Steele County Auditor
P.O. Box 275
Finley, ND 58230-0275
Phone: (701) 524-2110
Fax: (701) 524-1715
Stutsman Stutsman County Auditor
511 2nd Ave SE, Rm 102
Jamestown, ND 58401-4298
Phone: (701) 252-9035
Fax: (701) 251-6325
Towner Towner County Auditor
P.O. Box 603
Cando, ND 58324-0603
Phone: (701) 968-4340
Fax: (701) 968-4342
Traill Traill County Auditor
P.O. Box 429
Hillsboro, ND 58045-0429
Phone: (701) 636-4458
Fax: (701) 636-5418
Walsh Walsh County Audior
600 Cooper Ave
Grafton, ND 58237-1535
Phone: (701) 352-2851
Fax: (701) 352-3340
Ward Ward County Auditor
P.O. Box 5005
Minot, ND 58702-5005
Phone: (701) 857-6420
Fax: (701) 857-6424
Wells Wells County Auditor
P.O. Box 37
Fessenden, ND 58438-0037
Phone: (701) 547-3521
Fax: (701) 547-3719
Williams Williams County Auditor
P.O. Box 2047
Williston, ND 58802-2047
Phone: (701) 577-4500
Fax: (701) 577-4510