The November 3, 2020 election will be conducted as "Vote by Mail" with two physical polling locations. This means that voters will primarily vote via absentee ballot. Any person that is a United States citizen, at least 18 years old on the day of the election, a North Dakota resident, and has lived in the precinct for at least 30 days prior to the election may vote.
Beginning in mid-September, absentee ballot applications will be mailed to all active voters who have not already applied for a 2020 ballot.
Completing your application
When completing the application, be sure to indicate the election(s) you would like a ballot for. If you choose “All Statewide Elections” then you will receive ballots by mail for both the Primary Election in June as well as the General Election in November. If you choose to mark a different box, you will only receive ballot(s) by mail for the specific election selected.
Absentee Ballots are only valid from January 1st to December 31st each year. You MUST re-apply each year to be able to vote absentee in an election. If you have already applied for a 2020 absentee ballot, you do not need to apply again. If you are unsure, please contact the Auditor's Office at 701-577-4500.
Submitting your application
Return your application using the postage-paid envelope provided, in person to the Auditor's Office, or by fax (701-577-4510). Applications may also be deposited into one of the five secure ballot drop boxes that are located throughout the County. The boxes will be installed in September. Click here for a map of locations.
Completing your ballot
On the party ballot, vote for the candidates of only one political party. If you vote for candidates of more than one political party, your party ballot will not be counted (ND Century Code 16.1-11-22).
If you need assistance with marking a paper ballot, ExpressVote equipment will be available in the Williams County Administration Building (206 E Broadway), Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, beginning in mid-May. Contact the Auditor's Office for more information.
Submitting your ballot
Completed ballots can be submitted via mail using the envelope provided (you must apply postage) or deposited into one of the five secure ballot boxes that will be located around the County. Applications may also be deposited into one of the five secure ballot drop boxes that are located throughout the County. The boxes will be installed in September. Click here for a map of locations.
Ballots MUST be deposited into a drop box by 5 pm CT on November 2nd OR postmarked by November 2nd. If you put your ballot into your mailbox on November 2nd there is no guarantee it will actually be postmarked that day. To ensure your ballot is postmarked on or before November 2nd, it should be mailed several days in advance. If you bring your ballot to the post office on November 2nd, you will need to take it to the postal worker at the counter and request it is stamped for November 2nd (hand canceled).
Phone: (701) 577-4500
Fax: (701) 577-4510
PO Box 2047
Williston, ND 58802-2047