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Vote by Mail Election Information


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New in 2012, and being used again for this election cycle, is Vote By Mail in McLean County. Each voter will receive a mail ballot application in the mail around September 19, 2014. This mail ballot application when completed, signed by the voter and  returned to the Auditor's office will result in your ballot being mailed to you at the address specified by you.

What is Vote By Mail?

Vote by Mail is an election where all ballots are cast as absentee. In North Dakota "absentee" means the ballots are voted at home and returned to the County Auditor's office as early as 40 days before Election Day, but no later than the day before Election Day. All ballots have to be returned to the County Auditor the day before the election or post marked the day before the election.

How do I Vote by Mail?

Vote by Mail is done through the following steps:

  1. For the 2014 General Election, the McLean County Auditor's office will mail each eligible voter in the county a mail ballot application on or around September 18.
  2. If the voter wants to vote in this election, the voter needs to complete the application, sign it on the signature line, seal it and return the  mail ballot application to the County Auditor.
  3. Upon receipt of the completed and signed  mail ballot application, a ballot specific to that voterís precinct will be delivered to the voter.
  4. The voter votes their ballot in the comfort of their own home, taking time to carefully consider the questions on the ballot, and then returns the voted ballot to the County Auditor through the mail or in person any time before Election Day. Please be sure to place your voted ballot in the tan colored secrecy envelope labeled "BALLOT SECRECY ENVELOPE", seal the secrecy envelope, and then place the secrecy envelope in the white, pre-addressed, return envelope.
  5. When the ballot is returned, the County Auditor matches the signature on the ballot envelope (legal affidavit) with the signature on the application and organizes the returned ballots (still in their sealed envelopes) for counting by the Absentee Election Board.
  6. The Absentee Election Board will consist of two clerks,  an inspector hired by the county, and four judges appointed by the political parties. The board will count the returned ballots utilizing an M-100 electronic scanning device. (The ballots are in secrecy envelopes inside the return envelope, so those opening the envelope with the voter's name on it WILL NEVER see the voted ballot itself.)
  7. There will be three voting centers open on Election Day for those who choose not to vote by mail or who did not return their absentee ballot before Election Day. Refer to the Polling Place section below for hours and locations.

If you have further questions about the Vote By Mail process please feel free to contact the Auditor's office at 701-462-8541.

Important Election Dates for 2014

County Offices to be Filled & Petition Requirements

Candidates Filing For County Races

  Precincts and Polling Locations

To obtain an Vote By Mail Ballot, please click here.

Links to North Dakota Election Information and Publications

Past Election Results

OFFICIAL PRIMARY Election 2014 Results

OFFICIAL GENERAL Election 2014 Results

    To return to the Auditor's Office web page, please click here.

Updated on Monday, November 10, 2014 01:37 PM.

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