The right to vote is one of the most important rights in maintaining a democracy. However, we now find ourselves in a time of national pandemic and social distancing.

In order to protect our essential right to vote, we must also protect ourselves. That is why North Dakota will be doing voting by mail in 2020 for all residents who are eligible to vote. The vote-by-mail application has already started appearing in mailboxes across the state. If you do not receive an application for a ballot, you can access the application on the Secretary of State’s website: https://vip.sos.nd.gov/absentee/Default.aspx.

Native Nations must be prepared for these vote-by-mail elections. North Dakota Native Vote will conduct digital outreach to ensure that all tribal voters know the process of obtaining a ballot. Please visit our website for additional information https://ndnativevote.org.

The 2020 election may be the most important in this country’s history. With the highest per-capita participation in the U.S. Armed Forces, Native people have historically been many of the first to serve. Participating in this election is an opportunity for all of us to demonstrate our sovereignty and our commitment to our children and grandchildren by protecting our right to vote.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact your county auditor, the Secretary of State’s Elections Unit (701-328-4146 or toll free at 1-800-352-0867, option 6), or me at info@ndnativevote.org.

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