Intro

After holding the Primary Election earlier this year entirely by mail, we will be migrating back to normal in-person polling locations for the upcoming November 3, 2020 General Election.

We have provided some answers below to some of the more frequently asked questions we have been receiving.

We know this list is not complete, and we will continue to add more information as time goes on. In the meantime, if you do have further questions feel free to contact our Auditor’s Office by phone at (701) 252-9035 or by e-mail at auditor@stutsmancounty.gov.

Upcoming Important Dates

September 24th, 2020 – First day that Absentee ballots can be sent out.

October 19th, 2020 – Early Voting Precinct is open at the Courthouse Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM through October 30th.

November 3rd, 2020 – Election Day. Vote Center Precinct is located at the Jamestown Civic Center and polls are open from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

Masks at polling locations are not required but are strongly encouraged for both the safety of the public as well as our election workers.

Frequently Asked Questions

When I filled out my application for the Primary Election, I marked to also receive my ballot via mail for the General. Is there anything I need to do?

Nope, if you marked on the application that you wanted to receive an absentee (mail) ballot for the General Election we already have you marked in our system. If you would like to verify what your status is feel free to contact our office with the information at the top of this page.

When will my Absentee ballot be mailed?

We will begin sending out Absentee ballots to those who have requested them on September 24th, 2020.

I already filled out an application for a ballot but now I received another application in the mail, what do I do?

Political parties will send out applications, post cards, etc. in order to get more people to vote. If you have already filled out an application and sent it in you do not need to send in anything additional. If you wish to check on the status of your application feel free to call our office as (701) 252-9035. Note: Election tabulators do not recognize an effort to "cross out" a mark you may have made by accident. Requesting a new ballot is always the best route.

I messed up marking my absentee ballot, can I get a new one?

Absolutely, it happens! We can mark your current ballot as "spoiled" (invalid) in our system and send you out a new one. Simply call or e-mail our office. Note: Election tabulators do not recognize an effort to "cross out" a mark you may have made by accident. Requesting a new ballot is always the best route.

When do I have to return my ballot?

No rush, just make sure you send it out on or before November 2nd, 2020.

Do I have to mail my ballot back or can I drop it off?

Either! Our Courthouse doors are once again open and we also have set up two ballot drop boxes. The first is located at the Courthouse, just inside the main doors, which is available weekdays from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The second ballot drop box is located at the Law Enforcement Center and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Drop boxes will only be available until 5:00 PM, November 2nd.

I received my absentee ballot and am ready to send it back but why are there extra envelopes included?

After opening up the initial envelope, which you can discard, you will then have two envelopes. The brown one is a secrecy/privacy envelope, which you can fold and put your filled out ballot back into. The brown secrecy envelope then gets put inside the additional white envelope for you to mail back to our office. Important: You must sign and date the back of the return envelope and you must put postage on before sending it back to the Auditor's Office. Ballot envelopes that are returned to the County Auditor without a signature cannot be processed.

What if I need assistance in marking my ballot?

You can have anyone help you in filling out your ballot. If you would like to use one of our pieces of equipment to help you mark your ballot you can request an appointment by calling or e-mailing our office.

Can I cast my vote in-person at the Courthouse?

Yes! We will be once again offering Early Voting at the Courthouse beginning weekdays October 19th and running through October 30th. Doors are open from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, including over the Noon hour. Masks are not required but are strongly encouraged in order to keep both the public and our election workers safe.

Can I cast my vote in-person at the Jamestown Civic Center on Election Day?

Yes! Our County-wide Vote Center Precinct, held at the Jamestown Civic Center, will be open on Election Day from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Keep in mind that with the ongoing pandemic certain procedures have changed and will most likely increase wait times and lines. Masks are not required, but are encouraged for the safety of the public as well as our election workers.

How secure is my vote if I vote Absentee?

We will only issue ballots based on your request for an absentee ballot. We compare your name, address, and ID number with the Central Voter File before sending you a ballot. We will not issue you a ballot without your signature. When we receive your ballot back, the Poll Judges will compare the signature on your application with the signature on the ballot return envelope. Mail ballots go through the same review process as absentee ballots in a regular election. Mail ballots will be reviewed as noted above by the Absentee Board before being opened and processed. If that board cannot determine if the application and ballot envelope are signed by the same person, they will not process the ballot. They will instead refer that ballot to the County Canvassing Board that meets six days following each election.

Will people know how I voted if I choose to go the Absentee route?

No, the ballots are opened by Election Judges. They first separate the secrecy envelopes from the ballot return envelopes after examining the signatures. Once the ballot return envelopes are empty, they are set aside before ballots are removed from the secrecy envelopes and initialed by the Election Judges. At this point, when each ballot is removed and opened there is no identifiable information tying it to any particular voter.

When will my Absentee ballot be counted?

Absentee ballots will begin to be processed November 2nd but results and tabulation will not occur until November 3rd, 2020.

Where will the results be posted?

Election results will be uploaded to the Secretary of States website after 7:00 PM on Election Day. We'll also post results here on our County website under the 'Results' widget.