North Dakota entered the US as the 39th state on November 2, 1889. The capital of the far northern state is Bismarck and the largest city is Fargo. The state, which is made up of an area of almost 70,705 square miles, is the 19th biggest state in the country. People who live in the state are known as North Dakotans.
The origin of the state’s name is attributed the name the Sioux Native American tribe called itself. The state song is “North Dakota Hymn” and the nicknames for the state are the Peace Garden State, the Roughrider State or the Flickertail State. The state motto reads, “Liberty and union, now and forever, one and inseparable.” This sentiment is also felt by North Dakotans who have served sentences for felonies and regained their voting rights.
Felons in North Dakota regain their voting rights automatically upon release from prison. Therefore, the loss of one’s civil rights occur upon conviction of a felony while the offender is incarcerated. You can find supporting information by clicking on this link.
Felon Voting Law in North Dakota
According to the state statutory provisions, a felon loses their right to vote or hold public service while they are convicted of a felony and sentenced to imprisonment. (N.D. Cent. Code § 12.1-33-01.) Both of the rights are reinstated upon release from prison. Release from confinement also restores a felon’s right to sit on a jury, with certain offenses excepted, per N.D. Cent Code § 27-09.1-08(2)(e). You can review supporting information by following this link.
How a Felon in North Dakota Can Restore Their Voting Rights
North Dakota holds the distinction of being the only US state that does not require voters to register for state or national elections. However, the law in the state still gives cities the ability to register residents for city elections.
In order to vote in North Dakota, you must be –
· 18 years old by Election Day and a citizen of the US
· A North Dakota resident as well as a resident inside the voting precinct 30 days before an election takes place
· Of sound mind
· Not currently serving a felony sentence
There are no identification requirements needed to register to vote in North Dakota as the state does not permit registration before a scheduled Election Day. However, you do have to provide an ID if you want to vote. Acceptable forms of ID, which much include a street address, include a –
· Valid driver’s license
· Valid tribal government-issued ID card
· Valid non-driver’s state ID card
· Long-term care ID certification, as provided by ND facility.
Absentee ballots are available before an election date.
To find out more about voting requirements for North Dakota, click on the following link.
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