UNITED, WE VOTE!
GENERAL ELECTION DAY IS NOVember 3, 2020
- What I Should Know About Voting in North Dakota
- Request an absentee ballot
- Find your polling place
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- EducationVotes.org – national election information for NDU/NEA members
As public professionals, you play a vital role in shaping and influencing policies affecting your practice and expertise. Every decision made affecting classrooms in K-12 schools and universities, and in public services, is at some level a political decision.
Because of the important roles that elected officials and ballot measures play in our members’ professional lives, North Dakota United takes a very deliberate, measured approach making recommendations for elections. Decisions are made in a non-partisan fashion. NDU chooses its candidates for recommendations based on their stances on issues that our association cares deeply about, and not their political affiliation.
HOW DOES NDU RECOMMEND CANDIDATES?
NDU members choose candidates to recommend based on information collected through voting records, candidate surveys and face-to-face interviews. The following is a step-by-step process on how NDU makes its recommendations.
NORTH DAKOTA LEGISLATURE RECOMMENDATIONS:
Candidates for office can receive the endorsement of North Dakota United and the ND United Political Committee (UPAC) by one of two ways:
- Incumbents with a proven record in office of voting in line with NDU values receive a performance recommendation.
- Candidates for office, or incumbents without a performance recommendation, are given a survey to fill out. These candidates provide written answers to a series of questions about public education and employee rights.
UPAC members use this information to made recommendations to the UPAC and the NDU Board for approval.
NORTH DAKOTA STATEWIDE RECOMMENDATIONS:
Candidates for state offices of interest to NDU are asked to attend an interview with UPAC members. We use questionnaire and interview information to recommend the candidates who best support our beliefs and interests, regardless of their political party. In addition to the comments made during the interview, the UPAC members discuss evidence of support (relationship with association, past voting records) to made recommendations to the UPAC and the NDU Board for approval.
NORTH DAKOTA CONGRESSIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS:
Congressional candidates are asked to attend an interview with UPAC members. We use a list of questions developed by members based on federal issues adopted by the NEA and AFT conventions. In addition to the comments made during the interview, the UPAC members discuss evidence of support (relationship with association, past voting records) to made recommendations to the UPAC and the NDU Board. If the recommendations are accepted by the UPAC and NDU Board, they are then forwarded to the NEA Fund’s Council and the AFT Executive Committee for approval.
North Dakota does not have voter registration. However, in order to vote in North Dakota, a voter must be:
- A U.S. citizen;
- At least 18 years old on the day of election;
- A North Dakota resident;
- A precinct resident for 30 days preceding the election; and
- Able to provide a current North Dakota driver’s license, non-driver ID or tribal ID that includes your current residential address and date of birth; or you can complete a Voter’s Affidavit on which you attest to your qualifications as a voter.