Election Information

City Auditor

Current City Election Information


2018 Election

On Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the polling place for the City of Williston, (Parks & Recreation ARC), a city election in conjunction with the state primary election will be held. The City of Williston Polling location (ARC), located at 822 18th Street East, will be open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.

If accommodations are needed as a result of a disability, or if you need the material in an alternative format, please contact the Williams County Auditor's Office at 701 577-4500.

Absentee ballots will be available at the Williams County Auditor's Office located at 206 East Broadway  beginning on Thursday, May 3, 2018, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

General Information

          Running for City Commission
          The following City Offices will be on the June 12, 2018 ballot:

  • Williston City Commission President: one position; four year term; 300 signatures needed
  • Williston City Commissioner: two positions; four year term, each; 135 signatures needed
  • Municipal Court Judge: one position; four year term; 300 signatures needed
  • Williston Parks & Recreation District Commissioner: three positions; four year term, each; 126 signatures needed
If you are interested in running for one of the open positions, candidate campaign packets are available at the Auditor's Office located at City Hall, 22 E Broadway, or you may print the materials needed by following the links below under the 'Campaign Information' section.
Petitions for nomination must be received at the Auditor's Office no later than
4:00 p.m. April 9, 2018.

A drawing for the order in which candidates will be listed on the ballot will be held April 11, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the Commission Board room of City Hall.

         City of Williston Ballot Measures
                     *  There are no ballot measures at this time.
         
         Election Dates and Deadlines
                     *  Election Day is Tuesday, June 12, 2018.
                     *  Absentee/Mail-In ballots must be post marked by June 11, 2018. Absentee ballots may
                        also be hand delivered to the County Auditor's Office no later than 5:00 p.m., June 11th.
                        Hand delivered ballots will not be accepted by the County Auditor after 5:00 p.m. on
                        June 11th; however, you can still go to the polling location at the Williston ARC
                        and vote.


          Past Elections
                    *  You can find past election information at the Secretary of State's election portal.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is election day?

Special Municipal Elections are held on odd numbered years if there are any referred measures or citizen initiatives. The City of Williston coordinates its general elections with Williams County on the first Tuesday in November of even numbered years. The next general election is November 6, 2018.

Township Elections ...............................................................................Tuesday, March 20, 2018

School District Elections.........................................................Between April 1 and June 30, 2018
Set at the discretion of the school board

City Elections ..........................................................................................Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Cities with home rule charters may have different election dates

June Election ..........................................................................................Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Federal, Statewide, District, and County Office Primary

General Election ..............................................................................Tuesday, November 6, 2018

  • What will be on the ballot?
Ballot information will be posted on this page for the June and November 2018 elections as items are finalized for the ballots.

  • Where is my polling place?

The City of Williston polling place is located at the Parks & Recreation ARC, 822 18th Street East. The entrance can be found on the north side of the building, door #4.  You can look up other statewide polling places through the Secretary of State's voter information page.

  • Who can vote?

To vote in North Dakota, a person must be
1. A United States citizen;
2. At least 18 years old on the day of the election;
3. A North Dakota resident; and
4. A resident in the precinct for at least 30 days preceding the election.

  • How do I register to vote or update my registration?

 North Dakota does not require voter registration. Therefore, an eligible voter may vote in an election if the voter provides acceptable identification.

  • How do I get an absentee ballot?

Absentee ballots can be obtained at the Williams County Auditor's Office located at 206 East Broadway  beginning Thursday, May 3, 2018 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Secretary of State's office can also provide you with an absentee ballot.

  • Where can I find election results?
You can find current and past election results, election statistics and other information from the Secretary of State's election portal.

  • Who do I contact for other election questions?
You may contact the City Auditor at 701 577-8100 or the Williams County Auditor at 701 577-4555.

Campaign Information

  • Candidate Guidelines for the Office of Commissioner:

A person shall be eligible to the office of city commissioner if he or she is a qualified voter of the city and a resident of the city for at least 9 months preceding the election.   A person shall be eligible to hold an appointive city office if he or she is a citizen of the United States.

The 4-year term of office for a commissioner lasts until a successor is duly elected and qualified.

Candidates for city offices may file Petitions/Certificates of Nomination with the City Auditor. Additionally, a Statement of Interest must be filed with the City Auditor.  The Statement of Interest and Petition/Certificate of Nomination can be filed at the same time.

Candidates for the City of Williston are required to complete and file a Campaign Contribution Statement with the City Auditor.

Detailed information for Candidates can be found in the Running for Office brochure.  Additionally, the North Dakota League of Cities has put together an informative brochure that discusses City Government Basics that may be of interest.

  • Filings and Reports

Cities hold elections on the second Tuesday in June in each even numbered year. Thirty days prior to the candidate filing deadline, a city must post a public notice of the approaching filing deadline. Public notice of the election is made by publication 10 days before the election in the city’s official newspaper. To hold the election (unless it is a special city election), the governing body of the city must enter into an agreement with the governing board of the county or counties in which the city lies.

Candidates for city offices are required to collect signatures of 10 percent of the electors who voted for that office in the last city election; however, no more than 300 signatures are required.

The Petition/Certificate of Nomination must be filed before 4:00 p.m. on the 64th day before the election.  A Petition/Certificate of Nomination may not be circulated or signed prior to January 1, 2018.

Earliest day to begin circulating petitions ...............................Monday, January 1, 2018
Earliest day to file petitions................................................... Tuesday, January 2, 2018*
Last day to file petitions............................................... 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 9, 2018
*The first day to file petitions falls on a state holiday making the next business day the first permissible filing day.

Examples of City Offices that may be on the Ballot:
Williston City Commission President
Williston City Commissioner
Williston Parks & Recreation Commissioner
Municipal Court Judge

Campaign Contribution Statement Candidate Filing

May 4-May 11, 2018 - Candidates in cities with a population of 5,000 or more must file campaign contribution statements with the city auditor 32 days before the election, covering contributions received between January 1 and May 3. Late filing fees start accruing if the statements are filed 6 days or more after the due date. There are also special requirements after May 4 that require a candidate to file a supplemental contribution statement within 48-hours following receipt of a contribution or aggregate contribution from a contributor which is in excess of $500.

(NDCC ch. 16.1-08.1) (Campaign Contribution Statement form is available on the North Dakota Secretary of State's webpage at www.nd.gov/eforms/Doc/sfn53970.pdf )