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2020 Election Results

November 3, 2020 General Election

Election Results: North Dakota

Election Results: Minnesota
(These unofficial results will not be complete until November 10, 2020. )

Federal Election Commission results.

Electoral College Results 1789-2020, 2020 results here.

Was your vote counted? Make sure your vote is counted! You can confirm if your North Dakota ballot was accepted here.
Minnesota voters, you can track the status of your ballot and confirm that it was received and counted.

Election Information

Voting Basics

Is there help for getting an ID? is a non-partison organization that helps people get ID so they can vote.

Where should I go for election information?

Vote North Dakota

Vote Minnesota

North Dakota

Do I need to Register?

Not if you are a resident (have lived here for at least 30 days) of North Dakota. North Dakota is the only state without voter registration. Therefore, no registration is required.

Do I need to be a resident?

Yes, you need to have resided in your precinct for at least thirty days before the election.

*Mail-in ballots*

Ballots must be mailed in, or placed in the drop box in front of the courthouse (the courthouse is currently open by appointment only).

Mail your ballot before November 3rd to make sure it is counted. Ballots postmarked on election day will not be counted. If possible, post your ballot by October 30th.

Read an article about voting in Cass County in The Forum (link is external).

Do I need an ID?

Yes,  for in-person voting you need to to provide a valid form of identification such as a North Dakota driver’s license, nondriver ID, or tribal ID* that includes your current residential address and date of birth.

If your ID does not include your current address you can also bring:
(1) A current utility bill;
(2) A current bank statement;
(3) A check issued by a federal, state, or local government;
(4) A paycheck; or
(5) A document issued by a federal, state, or local government.

Click here (link is external) for more information on acceptable forms of ID.

* A consent decree (link is external) was issued by the ND Supreme Court regarding Tribal ID's. The Administrative Rules regarding ID will be updated: 

Where do I vote?

You can use this site (link is external)to locate your voting location. Maps and other information can be found here (link is external).

Voting sites in Cass County are being reduced from 38 precincts to just six.

You can vote early:

"Early Voting is made available to all eligible Cass County voters prior to each election administered by the Cass County Finance office. Please feel free to contact the Cass County Finance office if you have any questions at (701) 241-5600."

Click below for more information on voting in North Dakota:

Absentee Voting (link is external)

College Students (link is external)

Military Voters (link is external)

Overseas Voters (link is external)

Tribal Voting (link is external)

Want more? Go to Voting Basics For North Dakota. (link is external)

Read ND Election Laws (link is external)


Do I need to Register?

If you are a resident of Minnesota you do need to register. More information is available at: (link is external)

You can register or update your registration when you vote, whether that is at your polling place on Election Day or at an early voting location. You will need proof of residence to register.

Do I need to be a resident?

Yes, you need to have resided in Minnesota for 20 days.

*Mail-in ballots*

In Minnesota, you can vote early with an absentee ballot starting 46 days before Election Day. You can request an absentee ballot online (link is external). Read about other options and more information about absentee voting at the links below.

Do I need an ID?

Whether you need to bring ID to the polls depends on if you need to register at the polling place or not.

If your voter registration is current and active, you do not need to bring identification. This means you were successfully registered at least 21 days before Election Day and you have not moved or changed names since then.

If you need to register or update your registration, or you have not voted in four years or more, you will need to show proof of residence before you vote.

Where do I vote?

Vote early in person (link is external)

Find where you vote, what times polls are open and why polling places sometimes change.

Click below for more information on voting in Minnesota

I'm a college student (link is external)

I'm in the military or living abroad (link is external)

I have a criminal record (link is external)

I'm under guardianship or have an impairment (link is external)

I'm in a nursing home or hospital (link is external)

I fear for my personal safety (link is external)

I'm in a residential facility (link is external)

I'm living temporarily in Minnesota (link is external)

I'm homeless (link is external)

My home is in foreclosure (link is external)

My home was destroyed (link is external)

Voter's guide to Candidates

Not From North Dakota or Minnesota?

Absentee and Early Voting

"Most states have a method for any eligible voter to cast a ballot before Election Day, either during the early voting period or by requesting an absentee ballot. In 13 states, early voting is not available and an excuse is required to request an absentee ballot. " Find out whay your state requires to vote by an absentee ballot.

Voter Toolkit

Not sure who to contact in your state regarding voting? This site will help you locate the correct office.



First Time Voter
Are you ready to vote for the first time?

What is on the ballot

North Dakota Ballot

This measure increases the number of individuals who serve on the state board of higher education from eight to fifteen, increases the term of board membership from four years to six years, requires the board to meet at least annually with the heads of each institution under the board's control, and prohibits state legislators, elected state officials, and full-time state employees from serving on the board.
This measure requires an initiated constitutional measure approved by voters to be submitted to the subsequent legislative assembly. Under this measure, if the legislative assembly does not approve the constitutional measure, the measure will be placed on the ballot again, and, if approved by the voters, will become effective. The measure also requires constitutional amendments to be submitted to voters only at general elections.
See your county and local elections on your ballot.


Minnesota: go to What's on my Ballot.

View your sample ballot

  • The sample ballot shows a list of the candidates and ballot questions you'll be voting on.
  • Information is posted about 45 days before an election.
  • A sample ballot is not available for all local elections. You may need to contact the local government (city, town or school district) holding the election.

See who has filed to be a candidate

  • Candidate filing for local offices for which a primary is possible ends on June 2nd.
  • Local offices for which no primary will be held must file for office between July 28 — August 11.

Ballot Questions

Questions that will be on 2020 state general election ballots are compiled in the Questions on 2020 State General Election Ballot document.

Voter's guide to the Candidates

Minnesota and North Dakota Voter's Guide (link is external)

Forum Communications Co., in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Minnesota and of the Red River Valley of North Dakota, is providing this voter guide to help keep you informed ahead of the 2020 election.

  • Learn where candidates running for office in your community stand on the issues.
  • Build your ballot before voting. Print or email the information to use as a reference when you actually vote.
  • Find personalized polling place information.

Mailing, or dropping off your ballot

In North Dakota:

Early voting locations and hours

Do you want to drop off your ballot instead of mailing it? Click here to find your locations for dropping off a ballot in North Dakota.

For a form used when the voter wants a friend or family member to deliver their application and ballot to and from the county finance office - Absent Voter's Ballot Application - Agent Authorization (SFN 53933)

In Minnesota:


All voters have at least one location where they can vote early in person with an absentee ballot. Depending on where you live, there may be additional locations.

  1. You can vote in person at your county election office.
  2. In addition to your county election office, some cities and towns offer in-person absentee voting. Check with your city clerk's office for more information.

Election Observers

Are election observers allowed?

North Dakota (short answer- yes)

"An election observer is a nonpartisan individual wishing to monitor the administration of the election. The law permits these people to observe but not interfere with those marking their ballot or with officials performing their duties."- Election Observers. Poll checkers and challengers are no longer allowed.

2019 Minnesota Statutes (short answer-no)


Subdivision 1.Persons allowed near polling place.

An individual shall be allowed to go to and from the polling place for the purpose of voting without unlawful interference. No one except an election official or an individual who is waiting to register or to vote or an individual who is conducting exit polling shall stand within 100 feet of the building in which a polling place is located. "Exit polling" is defined as approaching voters in a predetermined pattern as they leave the polling place after they have voted and asking voters to fill out an anonymous, written questionnaire.

Subd. 2.Individuals allowed in polling place; identification.

(a) Representatives of the secretary of state's office, the county auditor's office, and the municipal or school district clerk's office may be present at the polling place to observe election procedures. Except for these representatives, election judges, sergeants-at-arms, and challengers, an individual may remain inside the polling place during voting hours only while voting or registering to vote, providing proof of residence for an individual who is registering to vote, or assisting a disabled voter or a voter who is unable to read English. During voting hours no one except individuals receiving, marking, or depositing ballots shall approach within six feet of a voting booth, ballot counter, or electronic voting equipment, unless lawfully authorized to do so by an election judge or the individual is an election judge monitoring the operation of the ballot counter or electronic voting equipment.

Covid-19 and voting

Practice healthy behaviors to protect yourself, consider voting alternatives available in your jurisdiction that minimize contact, do not disinfect or wipe down voting equipment yourself, avoid crowds, use early voting if available or vote at off-peak times