North Dakota

North Dakota

Audit Laws

Audit Laws

State Summary

North Dakota does not require post-election audits. It instead requires Post-Election Logic and Accuracy Testing following the election, prior to the meeting of the county canvassing board. Random testing of the voting system programming is conducted for one precinct in each county in the state. See, N.D. Cent. Code 16.1-06-15

Voting Systems Used

As of 2020, North Dakota primarily uses hand marked paper ballots and optical scanners in polling places statewide, with ballot marking devices for accessibility. For the most up to date information please visit Verified Voting’s Verifier.

For an explanation on the types of voting equipment used, click here.

Audit Comprehensiveness

North Dakota does not require post-election audits.

Transparency

North Dakota does not require post-election audits.

Audit Counting Method

North Dakota does not require post-election audits.

Type Of Audit Units

North Dakota does not require post-election audits.

Contests & Issues Audited

North Dakota does not require post-election audits.

Addressing Discrepancies

North Dakota does not require post-election audits.

For recount laws, see Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota website.

After each election, the Secretary of State shall order a random testing of the voting system programming for one precinct in each county of the state. This test is not conducted on voter-cast ballots; it is conducted on a pre-audited group of ballots on which are recorded a predetermined number of votes. See, N.D. Cent. Code 16.1-06-15

Timeline

North Dakota does not require post-election audits.

Binding On Official Outcomes

North Dakota does not require post-election audits.

Oversight & Conduct

North Dakota does not require post-election audits.

Ballot Protection

“The voting system must be secured in a manner prescribed by the county auditor that will protect the system and ballots from tampering.” See, N.D. Cent. Code Ann. §16.1-15-04.After the canvass, the election board for each precinct wraps and seals the ballots, in such a way that they cannot be opened without a permanent breaking of the seal. The ballots are then returned to the county recorder. See,  N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 16.1-15-08(1). The county recorder must keep the ballots locked in a fireproof vault for 45 days (for non-federal elections) or 22 months (for federal elections) and not open them except in the case of a trial or contested election. See, N.D. Cent. Code Ann. § 16.1-15-13.

Additional Targeted Samples

North Dakota does not require post-election audits.

Resources

North Dakota does not have post-election audit laws.
N.D. Cent. Code 16.1-06-15

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