Cavalier County will be conducting the November 3, 2020 General Election as a mail ballot election with one (1) physical polling location. The authority for a County Commission to conduct mail ballot elections is authorized by North Dakota Century Code, Chapter 16.1-11.1-01. A mail ballot election requires at least one physical polling location and for the County Auditor to mail absentee ballot applications to all active voters that have not previously applied for an absentee ballot that year. Absentee ballots are only sent to citizens that have completed an application that has been verified by the Cavalier County Auditor’s Office.
Although a mail ballot election is typically referred to as “Vote by Mail,” there are several ways to submit a ballot for the November 2020 General Election:
- Return an absentee ballot to the Cavalier County Auditor’s Office via U.S. Postal Service, postmarked by November 2, 2020 (901 3rd Street – Suite 15, Langdon, ND 58249)
- Return an absentee ballot via secure ballot box by 5 pm CT on November 2, 2020. Ballot box is located at the Cavalier County Courthouse – Door 1, 901 3rd Street, Langdon, ND
- Return an absentee ballot to the Cavalier County Auditor’s Office in person by 4:30 pm CT on November 2, 2020 (Cavalier County Courthouse, 901 3rd Street, Langdon, ND)
- Vote in person on Election Day, November 3, 2020, between 9 am and 7 pm CT at the Cavalier County Courthouse, 901 3rd Street, Langdon, ND
Whether a citizen votes by absentee ballot or in-person, valid identification including the voter’s name, current residential address, and date of birth is required. Options include a North Dakota driver’s license, a nondriver’s identification card, ID issued by a tribal government, or a long-term care identification certificate. More information about voter identification can be found at vote.nd.gov. Voters can also verify their voting information and address at vote.nd.gov. If a voter is unable to update their current address before election day, then the voter MUST bring with them a document such as a lease, utility bill, or bank statement showing their current residential address.
Important dates for the public to be aware of:
- Receiving and returning an Absentee Ballot Application
- September 23
- Absentee ballot applications (green postcards) will be mailed to all active voters in Cavalier County that have not previously applied for a November ballot. If an individual does not receive an application in the mail and is unsure if they have already applied for one, they should contact the Auditor’s Office at 701-256-2229.
- October 16
- Suggested last day to return an application via mail to the Auditor’s Office; after this date, deposit the application in a Ballot Box or hand deliver to the Auditor’s Office.
- October 26
- Last day to hand-deliver or fax (701-256-2546) an application to the Auditor’s Office
- September 23
- Receiving and returning an Absentee Ballot
- September 24-30
- Auditor’s Office begins to mail ballots
- October 23
- Contact the Auditor’s Office if an application was submitted, but a ballot has not yet been received
- October 26
- Last day ballots will be mailed to voters
- November 2
- Ballots returned via mail must be postmarked by this date. This does NOT mean put it in the mail that day. If a ballot is mailed ON November 2nd, there is no guarantee that it will be postmarked that same day. If mailing on the 2nd, it is advised for the voter to go to a post office and asked for a hand stamp of the postmark for that day. It is recommended to return a ballot via USPS at least two weeks before the election; if submitting your ballot within two weeks of the election, it is recommended to use a ballot box.
- Ballots returned via secure ballot box must be deposited by 5 pm CT
- Ballots returned in person to the Auditor’s Office must be received by 4:30 pm CT
- November 3
- Polling location (Cavalier County Courthouse – 901 3rd Street, Langdon, ND) will be open from 9 am to 7 pm CT
- September 24-30
*Please note that for voters that may need special assistance in reading or marking their ballot, an assistive ballot marking device will be available in the Courthouse during normal business hours beginning forty days prior to the election through election day.
ELECTION TIPS: Don’t forget!
- UPDATE your ND Driver’s License with your most current residence to ensure you receive a ballot application.
- REVIEW your ballot application information, including mailing address if it is different from your residence.
- SIGN your ballot application before returning it to the Auditor’s Office
Once you receive your ballot:
- When voting your ballot, CROSS OVER VOTES do not count in the Primary. You must vote one party with the exception of No-Party races, County or City races, and all measures.
- Place your voted ballot into the brown SECRECY ENVELOPE, seal it, and then into the white ballot return envelope
- SIGN your ballot return envelope
- POSTAGE is required to return your ballot if you choose to mail it.