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Deadline Nears to Have Proper ID for Primary Elections

IMAGE: Saturday is the deadline for new residents of North Dakota or those with identification that needs a new address to get it or get changes made, so they can cast a ballot in the June primaries. Image courtesy North Dakota Secretary of State.
IMAGE: Saturday is the deadline for new residents of North Dakota or those with identification that needs a new address to get it or get changes made, so they can cast a ballot in the June primaries. Image courtesy North Dakota Secretary of State.
May 7, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. - With the North Dakota primaries now just about a month away, an important deadline is looming for those who plan to cast a ballot. With changes approved by the 2013 Legislature, state law now requires voters to have a valid form of identification.

Josh Askvig, associate state director for advocacy at AARP of North Dakota, said those residents who have a valid ID but haven't updated an old address have until Saturday to get it fixed.

"You don't have to go get a new driver's license or new ID," he said. "What you can do is log in to the Department of Transportation system and update your address in the system, which is the official record, allowing you to vote in that precinct."

Five forms of identification can be used for voting: a North Dakota driver's license, a North Dakota non-driver's ID card, a tribal-issued ID card, a student ID voting certificate and a long-term care ID certificate.

"So, if you have a family member or you happen to live in a long-term care facility, and you don't have a driver's license or you don't have a non-driver ID that indicates that address, you can request a certificate from your long-term care facility," Askvig said. "They'll print you a certificate that you can take to the poll that would serve as a valid identification for you, for voting purposes."

Those needing to update their address can do so online at vote.nd.gov. Saturday also is the deadline for residents who are new to the state to apply for an ID in order to vote in the North Dakota primaries, set for June 10.

Residents also can call the Department of Transportation at 701-328-2600 or 1-855-637-6327.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - ND