NARF Tips on Voting in North Dakota’s 2018 Midterm Election


The Native American Relief Fund (NARF) is working in conjunction with the Spirit Lake Tribe, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, and the Three Affiliated Tribes (“MHA”), as well as community organizations Four Directions and Western Native Voice, to ensure that tribal members living in North Dakota who come to the polls on Election Day will be provided voter identification free of charge.

Lack of an identification or a current residential street address should not stop any qualified Native American voter from coming to the polls to vote.

What is a qualifying ID?

  • A driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card issued by the North Dakota Department of Transportation; or
  • A tribally-issued identification. According to the court order, a tribally issued identification can consist of:
  • A tribal ID card issued by the tribe, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, or any other tribal agency or entity
  • A document, letter, writing, enrollment card, or other form of tribal identification issued by a tribal authority
  • Because of the court order, tribal governments can now issue voter identification letters at the polls and we are working to make sure that every North Dakota tribe is able to make these voter identification letters available at the polls free of charge.

What must be on the voter identification?

  • Full Legal Name
  • Birth Date
  • Current Residential Address in North Dakota

What do I do if I am missing my birth date or address information on my ID?

You can bring your ID and another document that shows the missing or outdated information by showing a current utility bill; a current bank statement; a check or a document issued by a federal, state, local, or tribal government (including those issued by any tribal agency or entity or the BIA, or any other document that sets forth the tribal member’s name, date of birth, and current North Dakota residential address); or a paycheck.

What if I do not have an ID that qualifies, supplemental document, or a current residential street address?

Show up to vote on November 6th. Tribal IDs will be available. If possible, please also contact your tribe and so we can make sure that you are able to receive the assistance you need.

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