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Early voting begins May 31 in Stutsman County

The polls for early voting are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, June 3, and Monday through Friday, June 6-10, at the Stutsman County Courthouse in Jamestown.

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JAMESTOWN – Voters who are ready to cast their ballots before the June 14 primary election can start with early voting beginning Tuesday, May 31, in Stutsman County.

The polls for early voting are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, June 3, and Monday through Friday, June 6-10, at the Stutsman County Courthouse in Jamestown. The polls are open during the noon lunch hour.

Voters will cast their ballots in Stutsman County on June 14 are at the Jamestown Civic Center and the American Legion in Medina, which is only for voters from precinct 472910.

To vote in North Dakota, individuals must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, a legal North Dakota resident and a resident in the precinct for 30 days prior to the election.

Individuals who vote during early voting or at the vote centers at the Jamestown Civic Center or American Legion in Medina on June 14 must provide a valid North Dakota driver’s license or a non-driver’s ID card, a tribal government-issued ID card or a long-term care ID certificate.

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As of Friday morning, May 27, 45 of the 121 absentee and vote-by-mail ballots have been returned. Absentee voting began May 5, which is 40 days before the June 14 primary election.

The last day to drop off absentee ballots is June 13. Absentee ballots sent through the mail must be postmarked by June 13.

Individuals voting by absentee ballot must provide a valid North Dakota driver’s license or a non-driver’s ID card, a tribal government issued ID card, long-term care ID certificate, passport or military ID. Individuals with a disability that prevents them from traveling away from home to obtain an acceptable form of identification may use an attester who must provide his or her name, a North Dakota driver’s license or a non-driver’s ID card, a tribal identification number and sign the absentee ballot application form to attest to the applicant’s North Dakota residency and voting eligibility.

Individuals voting early or at the polling locations on June 14 must provide a valid North Dakota driver’s license or a non-driver’s ID card, a tribal government issued ID card or long-term care ID certificate. If an individual’s acceptable form of identification does not include a North Dakota residential address or date of birth or the address is not current, the individual may supplement the ID with a current utility bill, a current bank statement, a check or a document issued by a federal, state, local or tribal government or a paycheck.

Jessica Alonge, Stutsman County auditor/chief financial officer, said if individuals do not have a North Dakota driver’s license or a non-driver’s ID card, they can vote via “set-aside” ballot, which means they must fill out paperwork, complete the ballot and put it into a set-aside envelope.

“You would still need to provide your valid ID prior to canvas in our office,” she said, adding that individuals will need to provide a valid ID prior to the Stutsman County canvassing board meeting on June 27.

Alonge said voters should make sure their ID is updated with their correct residential address. She said if the physical address has not been updated on the ID, an individual can visit vote.nd.gov and there is a link available to update his or her address.

Masaki Ova joined The Jamestown Sun in August 2021 as a reporter. He grew up on a farm near Pingree, N.D. He majored in communications at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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