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Know where and how to vote during election 2016

Perhaps residents of Cavalier County have heard that 2016 is an election year.

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Posted on 4/30/16

By Melissa Anderson

With so much coverage on the national and state level, many may already know who and what they will be voting for or against in the Primary on June 14 and General Election in November. It is important to know your options for how you will cast your vote for the upcoming elections.

Cavalier County offers vote-by-mail to all eligible residents. 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.

“The vote-by-mail method has become increasingly popular due to its convenience for the voter and the ability to discuss and research any items on the ballot before casting your vote,” Cavalier County Auditor Lisa Gellner said.

All active voters, anyone who has voted in at least one of the last two General elections, will soon be sent a bright green postcard which may be used to request a ballot by mail from the County Auditor’s Office.

Various third parties sometimes send out information as a way to encourage residents to vote on specific measures or candidates. These forms that are sent out are basically the same form as the vote by mail postcard, just in another format and from a different source, but either source can be utilized.

Once a voter receives the postcard, all they have to do is simply enter their information, including their ID number, and indicate the election(s) they would like a ballot for.

For example, choosing “All Statewide Elections” means that the voter will receive ballots by mail for both the Primary Election in June as well as the General Election in November. If voters choose to mark a different box, they will only receive ballot(s) by mail for the specific election selected.

If a resident does not receive a postcard, they may still call or stop in the county auditor’s office at the Cavalier County Courthouse to indicate their preference for vote-by-mail.

If voters would like to receive their ballot at an address different from their residential address, they may list a mailing address. However, if the voter has moved and has a different residence, they must change their address through the ND Department of Transportation.

This can be done either online or by phone: vip.sos.nd.gov, or (701)328-4353.

Once all the necessary information has been filled in, follow the instructions listed on the postcard to return it by mail, or it can be dropped off at the county auditor’s office. Beginning May 5, any voter that has returned a vote-by-mail postcard or absentee application for the Primary Election will be sent an election ballot.

From there, voters just have to fill in the ballot to cast their vote and return it by mail or bring it directly to the county auditor’s office. Ballots must be received in the office or postmarked no later than June 13 to be accepted for the Primary Election.

If voters prefer to visit the polls in person on Election Day and live in Cavalier County, they are able to cast their vote at the Cavalier County Courthouse during the Primary Election held on June 14.

“The courthouse is the only polling place within the county, and in order to vote on election day, you must be an eligible voter and present a valid form of ID,” Gellner said.

A current driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card, tribal government issued ID, or a long-term care certificate provided by a ND facility are accepted forms of identification.

It is important to note that you will have to vote in the precinct connected to the address on your ID, so be sure your ID is updated with your current address prior to attempting to vote.

For more information on the measures, contests, and candidates in the upcoming election, please visit the Cavalier County website and click on ‘Elections’ www.cavaliercounty.us.