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22 ND counties to use vote-by-mail

By Dave Thompson

Bismarck, ND – Twenty two North Dakota counties will be using vote-by-mail this year in either the June primary or the November general election.

And most of the counties will be using vote-by-mail for both elections.

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger says until now the Legislature hasn't allowed voting by mail in the general election. But starting this year -- it's allowed in November as well as June.

"We have quite a mixture, in terms of the counties that are going to be using it," said Jaeger. "But I think the voters in the more sparsely populated counties and the county officials there are going to find that it's going to work extremely well for them."

Patricia Carroll is the Adams County auditor. She says her county has used vote-by-mail in the primary, and will also use it in the general. She says people like it.

"They like the idea of being able to vote at home," said Carroll. "You know, if you're not feeling well, or if you just wanted a little extra time with your voting process, you could do that at your leisure."

Carroll says this will also allow people to vote even if the weather is rough.