November 3, 2020 General Election
North Dakota Election Calendar (click here)

This General Election, in-person voters will be voting at five Voting Centers located throughout Ward County (locations listed below).  Ballots for any precinct can be cast at any one of the centers between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Residents of Des Lacs, Makoti, Ryder and South Prairie precincts will no longer vote at their previous locations, but will receive ballots by mail.  Vote by mail residents also have the option at voting at any one of the five voting centers on Election Day.
Voter Information

  • North Dakota is the only state that does not require voter registration.

  • ID is required for voting.  According to NDCC 16.1-05.07, the identification must include your name, CURRENT residential address and date of birth.  Click here for more information.
    • North Dakota driver's license
    • North Dakota non-driver's identification card
    • Tribal government issued identification card
    • Long term care identification certificate (provided by ND facility)
  • What if I am unable to update my ID?

    • A supplemental document listing the new address may be provided
    • Documents that may be used are:

      • A current utility bill
      • A current bank statement
      • A check issued by a federal, state, local or tribal government
      • A paycheck
  • Are you qualified to vote in North Dakota? Click here for more information.

  • If you are a military or overseas voter, please click here.


Early Voting

Early voting gives voters the opportunity to cast a ballot in person at a designated precinct prior to Election Day.  It also gives the voter the opportunity to avoid Election Day crowds.  The procedure of the Early Voting precinct is the same as Election Day precincts with the voter showing their ID, obtaining and marking a ballot and feeding the ballot through the scanner to be counted.  All ballots cast through Early Voting are tabulated on Election night with the results included in the overall total.

  • Early voting for the General Election will be held Monday, October 26th through Friday, October 30th and Monday, November 2nd.
  • Hours of operation each day: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Ward County Administration Building, 225 3rd Street SE, Rooms 105, 106 & 108
Absentee Ballot Information

In order to obtain an absentee ballot, voters must complete an absentee ballot application and return to the Ward County Auditor, PO Box 5005, Minot, ND 58702, allowing ample mail and turnaround time prior to the election.  Applications are accepted in person or via mail, email or fax.  If an application is received via mail, email or fax, our office will mail a ballot to the address provided.  Voters will be able to obtain a ballot in person by coming to the Auditor/Treasurer's Office (office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday). 

Ballots can be mailed back to our office and must be postmarked by November 2nd.  Ballots can also be dropped off at one of the following drop box locations and must be in the drop boxes by 5:00 p.m. on November 2nd.

  • Ward County Library Drop Box - 225 3rd St SE, Minot (front of building)
  • Kenmare City Hall - 5 3rd St NE, Kenmare
  • Surrey City Hall - 100 Pleasant Ave S, Surrey
  • Ryder City Hall - 260 N Main St, Ryder
  • Makoti Senior Center - 240 Main St N, Makoti
  • Burlington City Hall - 225 N Wallace St, Burlington
  • Berthold City Hall - 105 Main St N, Berthold
Voters not able to personally obtain a ballot may authorize an agent to obtain one for them by filling out an absentee ballot application-agent authorization.  This authorizes someone to receive a ballot for another.  A particular person is allowed to be an agent for up to three other individuals.

Voters who are uniformed service members, dependents or US citizens living outside the United States, may obtain an absentee ballot by filling out an application online and returning it to the Ward County Auditor, PO Box 5005, Minot, ND 58702.

Voting Center Information

NEW FOR 2020! In-person ballots for any precinct can be cast at any Voting Center located throughout the County from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Voting Centers are located at:

  • Minot Auditorium - 420 3rd Ave SW, Minot
  • ND State Fair Center - 2005 E Burdick Expy, Minot
  • Kenmare City Hall - 5 3rd St NE, Kenmare
  • Ryder City Hall - 260 N Main St, Ryder
  • Berthold Senior Citizen Center - 309 Main St, Berthold
Election Results

Election results are available after the polls close on election night.

  • 2020 General Election official results
If you have questions, contact our office at 701-857-6420.