Voters Must Update Address by May 10

Dunn County Auditor Tracey Dolezal reminds North Dakota voters that they will need to update their address if they have moved since they last voted.

Posted April 11, 2014

New residents of the state are also to obtain their North Dakota ID by this same date. State law requires that voters must live in a precinct 30 days prior to voting in any election. This law applies whether voting by mail or in person.

To update a Driver’s License or Non-driver’s ID, voters can:

•Visit their nearest Driver’s License site or

•Use the online tool at vote.nd.gov, or

•Call (701) 328-2600 or 1-855-637-6237

oThe TTY Number 711 or 1-800-366-6888.

Dolezal says, “Many voters have asked if it’s OK that their ID still has their old address printed on it, even though they have updated their record with the Department of Transportation, and the short answer is, ‘yes’ it’s OK.” She says the ND Department of Transportation can issue a new ID card for a minimal fee, however the free option to update the address with DOT will cause the correct address to appear in the poll book, which the poll worker will use to confirm that the voter is eligible to vote in that precinct. Again, this needs to be done by May 10th, 30 days prior to the June Primary Election.

The five forms of identification valid for voting are:

•North Dakota Driver’s License

•North Dakota Non-driver’s ID

•Tribal Issued ID

•Student ID Certificate

•Long Term Care ID Certificate

In all cases, the ID must include the voter’s name, residential address (no PO Boxes) and date of birth. Not all tribal-issued IDs include all the required information, so it is important to check them ahead of time.

Vote.nd.gov not only has a link for updating addresses online, but also has tools for finding your voting precinct, previewing your ballot and other information.

“It is vitally important to get the word out about this,” says Dolezal. “Everyone who wants to vote and is eligible to vote will have that opportunity if they take simple, but important action now to be sure their identification record is in order.”

 


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