The June 9, 2020 election will be conducted as "Vote by Mail," meaning that voters will only 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.
Per Executive Order from Governor Burgum on 3/26/2020, the Secretary of State's Office will be mailing absentee ballot applications to all active and inactive voters in the state of North Dakota for the June 9, 2020 election. A postage-paid envelope will be included to return the application to the Auditor's Office.
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.
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).
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 the secure ballot box located on the south side of the Williams County Administration Building (206 E Broadway). The ballot box is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Important dates to remember
May 11: Contact the Auditor's Office if you have not yet received an application in the mail
May 28: Last day to return an application via mail to the Auditor's Office
May 30: Contact the Auditor's Office if you submitted an application, but have not yet received a ballot
June 5: Last day to hand deliver or fax (701-577-4510) an application to the Auditor's Office
June 5: Last day ballots will be mailed to voters
June 8: Ballots returned via mail must be postmarked by this date
June 9 @ 4 pm CT: Secure ballot box will be locked
Phone: (701) 577-4500
Fax: (701) 577-4510
PO Box 2047
Williston, ND 58802-2047