BISMARCK -- North Dakota voters will be receiving their ballots by mail for the June 9 primary election, state officials announced Thursday, April 23.

County commissions in all of the 53 counties have authorized vote by mail for the election as a measure to reduce the public’s risk of exposure to COVID-19, according to a release from the North Dakota Association of Counties.

On March 26, Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order encouraging counties to use Vote by Mail for the June 9 election. The executive order suspends the requirement for counties to have at least one physical polling location. In response, every county has decided to administer the primary election by vote by mail only, and reservation counties have been working with tribal governments on the process, the release said.

No polling locations will be open for the primary election and all ballots will be issued through the mail. All eligible voters will be receiving an application in the mail from the North Dakota Secretary of State’s Office. If residents do not receive an application by May 11, they should contact their county auditor, the release said. The voter will then complete their application and mail it to the county auditor using a postage-paid envelope. Once the auditor’s office receives the application and verifies the information is filled in correctly and has been signed, a ballot will be sent.

Voters can return their ballots by mail to the county auditor’s office or deposit the ballot at a secure mail ballot drop box location. Each county will have a secure ballot drop box; contact the county auditor regarding the location. Voted ballots need to be returned by mail by June 8 or at the secure drop box by 4 p.m. on June 9.

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