This year, 4 small communities switched their voting process to vote by mail.
The change was made because open polling locations were only seeing about 100 hundred voters or less every election.
KX News is your election headquarters and reporter Alexus Larson tells us how that switch led to a higher turnout.
“We had more voters in the vote by mail,” said Devra Smestad, Ward County Auditor.
In Ward County Des Lacs, Makoti, Ryder, and South Prairie all switched to vote by mail exclusively.
“I liked it. It was easy, convenient,” said Keith Krabb, Des Lacs Resident.
If you compare the 2014 June Primary with this years, you can see that every town saw an increase in voters. The largest increase coming from South Prairie at 71. The numbers were even pretty close to the 2016 June primary, which was a presidential election.
“The numbers are pretty much showing it was a good thing,” said Smestad.
“It’s a lot easier than having to stop somewhere else and you can do it in the privacy of your own home,” said Krabb.
Not every resident was happy with the new system. Marla Berentson says that when she got her ballot in the mail she was confused by the labeling.
“It looked absentee to me and I just chucked it and I know I am not the only one who did that. It should’ve been posted, the letter should’ve been ‘this is your ballot’,” said Marla Berentson, Des Lacs Resident.
Since she didn’t send in her ballot she had to travel to Minot to vote in person.
“I’d prefer to actually physically go vote,” said Berentson.
The November election will work the same as it did in June. Residents in vote by mail precincts will receive an application in the mail. They have to then send that back and in return they will get their ballot to vote. Then they put it in the mail and as long as it’s posted before midnight on election day the vote will count.
The auditor says that they will be sending out applications in September.
If you don’t receive an application by mid October contact the auditors office.
Any North Dakota resident can vote by mail. To request a absentee ballot, CLICK HERE.