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
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?
is done through the following
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.
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
Upon receipt of the
completed and signed mail ballot application, a
ballot specific to that voterís precinct will be delivered to the voter.
The voter votes their ballot in the
comfort of their own home, taking time to carefully consider the
questions on the ballot, and
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.
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.
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
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.
To return to the Auditor's Office
web page, please click here.