North Dakota, you have the right to the following as protected by federal law. Election staff must respect these rights:
- Accessible voter registration
- Accessible polling places
- Policies and procedures that do not discriminate against you based on your disability
- Accessible, available, and operational voting systems, features
- Your service animal to accompany you inside the polling place
- The right to vote privately and independently or with assistance, if needed
- Assistance from a person of choice, who can be a friend, family member, or poll worker (but not your boss, union agent, or a candidate unless this person is your family member)
- Election Staff trained to understand the rights above.
Federal law requires assistance in registering to vote from offices that provide public assistance or state-funded programs serving people with disabilities. Responsibilities include:
- Providing voter registration forms
- Assisting voters in completing the forms
- Transmitting completed forms to the appropriate election official
- All aspects of voter registration must be accessible
- You may request assistance from a poll worker or receive assistance from a person of your choice with the following exceptions:
- your employer, an agent of your employer
- an officer or agent of your union
- a candidate on the ballot
- A poll worker cannot force you to accept assistance.
- Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot. You can return your ballot by mail or secure drop box.
- The Application is available in English on our website with a step-by-step process.
- You can have someone help you as you fill out your paper mail-in ballot. They might need to sign an affidavit.
- Your helper can not be your employer, labor union official, or a candidate (or a candidate’s relative) who is on the ballot.
- When you request a mail-in ballot if you do not have an ID due to your disability you can have some attest to your identity with their ID.
Federal law requires polling places to meet minimum compliance standards for individuals with special needs.
- Your service animal may accompany you inside the polling place
- You have a right to vote privately and independently or with assistance, if needed
- You may have assistance from a person of choice, who can be a friend, family member, or poll worker (but not your boss, union agent, or a candidate unless this person is your family member).
For assistance or more information on your polling location’s accessibility, please contact your local election official.
- Check out this helpful North Dakota video about how to use ExpressVote machines.
To file a formal complaint about voting accessibility, fill out the Voting Access Grievance/Complaint Form and mail it to:
Secretary of State
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505
- You must get the form notarized and the complaint must be signed and sworn.
- You must include your name, address, phone number and any information relevant to your complaint.
- Your complaint will be resolved within 90 days unless you agree to a time extension.
- You can request help with filling out this form by calling 1-800-352-0867 or 1-800-366-6888 TTY (ND Relay).
You can contact The North Dakota Protection & Advocacy Project by mail at:
Wells Fargo Bank Building
400 East Broadway
Bismarck, ND 58501
By Phone at 701-328-2950/800-472-2670 Toll Free
Or by email at email@example.com.
You can also fill out a Violation of Civil Rights Complaint Form and submit it to the US Department of Justice by one of the following methods:
- Online, through the form’s submission process - this is the fastest method.
- By fax at (202) 616-9881. You MUST include “ATTN: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Complaints" at the top of your fax submission for it to be processed correctly.
- By mailing your form to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of the Inspector General Investigations Division
ATTN: Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Complaints
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20530
For additional assistance, The National Network of ADA Centers can provide local contact information for other organizations you may wish to contact, including your Regional ADA Center or ADA Knowledge Translation Center, or Federal Agencies and Resources.
- Voter Registration or Absentee Ballot Request
- Election Dates/Deadlines
- Election Official Directory
- US Vote Foundation's Voter Help Desk
- Department of Justice Civil Rights Violation Complaint Form
- Verified Voter Accessible Voting Machine Search
- North Dakota State Elections Enforcement Commission Complaint Form
- North Dakota Protection and Advocacy Voting Portal
- North Dakota Disabilities Advocacy Consortium
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