BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Secretary of State and the North Dakota National Guard will showcase a new absentee ballot system that will ease the voting process for deployed service members from North Dakota. North Dakota became the second state in the nation to sign the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act when Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed Senate Bill 2120 on April 7, 2011.
North Dakota has been a leader in making voting accessible for our men and women serving on deployments overseas through the actions of the Secretary of State working in cooperation with the North Dakota Legislature. With the passage of this bill, North Dakota leads the nation in ensuring that those serving our state and country are able to make their voices heard through the voting process.
Over the last month, North Dakota National Guard men and women have been actively testing this new absentee ballot system to verify the effectiveness. Now that this service has been built and tested, it is ready to be revealed to the public at the press conference scheduled for Memorial Hall at the Bismarck Capitol at 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23. Secretary of State Al Jaeger and Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general, will be revealing the new system.
This Act became law on Aug. 1, 2011, and since that time the North Dakota Secretary of State has been working to build the facilitating services now allowed by law. The new absentee ballot system will allow men and women stationed away from their N.D. homes to:
• Easily and effectively apply for an absentee ballot through an online process
• Six extra days and faster transit means to apply for, receive, and return absentee ballot
• Easily know the ballot contents as far in advance of the election as possible
• Receive their blank absentee ballot electronically
• Mark their absentee ballot with a computer
• Return their ballot electronically if they so desire
• Track the status of their absentee ballot delivery and return through online services
WHO: Secretary of State and North Dakota National Guard
WHAT: New absentee ballot system for the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act
WHEN: 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23
WHERE: Memorial Hall at the Capitol in Bismarck
About the Act: Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act: North Dakota Senate Bill 2120 of the 62nd Legislative Assembly