Today’s post comes from Renee in North Dakota.
North Dakota is noted for honest elections and ease of voting. You don’t need to register, and all you need in order to vote on Election day are one of the following:
- ND Driver’s license
- ND non-driver’s license ID
- Tribal ID
- Long-Term Care Certificate (only valid if you don’t have a driver’s license, non-driver’s ID, or tribal ID)
- Passport or military ID (only valid for voters in the military or living outside the US who don’t have a driver’s license, non-driver’s ID, or tribal ID)
If you don’t have ID, you’ll need to sign a sworn statement at the polling place swearing to your identity in order to vote.
I look at the latter option with some amusement, as many of the DAPL protesters have been in the state long enough to vote, and indicate that they intend to vote. The ND Secretary of State indicates he is prepared for an increase in voters who will need to sign statements as to their identity when they vote in the very rural counties when the protesters are encamped. I wonder how they will influence the votes for local offices? Our Secretary of State is an old guy who has been in office since 1993 and who embodies the best of the best in civil servants. He follows the election rules and makes sure that everyone who wants to vote, and who can vote, is able to vote.
I voted for the first time in 1976 in with an absentee ballot from home. I did the same in 1980 and 1984 when I was living in Winnipeg. For some reason, I had to go to the US Embassy and fill out my ballots in front of Embassy staff. My Canadian friends were very insistent that I make the effort to vote, as though my vote would somehow remove Ronald Reagan from office. I did what I could, but I didn’t have as much influence as they imagined I did.
Daughter asked me to find out how she could get an absentee ballot for the November election. She seemed to think I could just go and pick one up for her. I found the Stark County web site she needed to order one, and she assures me she will vote. Son and DIL are registered in SD, and will vote, too.
My paternal grandfather told me that he voted for Warren Harding the first time he could vote. He also told me he never forgave himself for that, and voted for Democrats from then on.
Husband will vote before he travels to the reservation on Election Tuesday. I will sneak away from work sometime during the day to vote. I don’t plan to listen to election results, but will turn on NPR in the morning to hear the results. I won’t be able to stand the suspense.
What are your Election Day plans?