A Minot State Student's Guide to Voting
With a presidential election almost here, Minot State University is giving you easy access to the rules and regulations that play a big role in keeping voting day running smoothly in North Dakota. Students and others at Minot State should take the time to know what is expected when they go to the voting booths on Tuesday (Nov. 4). Click on this link to access information about voting in Ward County. www.co.ward.nd.us/election
To vote in North Dakota, you must be a resident of North Dakota and a U.S. citizen. All voters are required to show a government-issued form of identification - a driverís license that shows your Ward County residential address will do just fine, or a utility bill. Many students donít have an ID that lists their current address - donít worry, as long as youíve lived in North Dakota for more than 30 days and are 18 years of age or older, youíll have the option of whether or not to vote.
So, if you donít have a state-issued identification card with a current address, youíll need to bring some form of "official" documentation that shows your name and your current address (for example, a residence hall assignment letter, showing your address will work). If all else fails and you canít prove, with official documentation, that you live in Ward County and are a resident of the neighborhood assigned to that polling location, then you will need to sign a voter affidavit form.
**A warning though, signing the voter affidavit form declares that you are now claiming residency in North Dakota and may affect any rights and/or benefits from your home state.**
For students who live on campus, the only voting precinct you can attend is at Lewis and Clark Elementary School. To make the process of voting easier for you, the Student Government Association will have a van/bus available to pick students up and take them to and from the voting precinct. To take advantage of this, youíll need to meet by the Post Office in the Student Center atrium (1st floor) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Transportation will be available at the top of every hour.
All the voting precincts across the city of Minot are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Only specific neighborhoods/addresses can vote at specific polling locations. For more information on what precinct you vote at, please click on www.co.ward.nd.us/election and use the Precinct Information links at the bottom of the page.