It may be May, but voters in Bowman, both in the county as well as in the city, can already cast their vote in the June 9 primary.
That also includes some people who reside in other communities like Rhame, Scranton and Marmarth but own property in the county.
According to the Bowman County Auditor Sandra Tivis, the ballot drop box is already accepting completed ballots inside entrance B of the county building in Bowman. It will remain in that location through June 9, but those who mail in the ballot should make sure it is postmarked by June 8 at the latest.
Sample ballots were sent out weeks ago to voters with current addresses, she said.
The county offices are still under limited access, with access provided by appointment only since mid-March.
In the primary, the voters will get their party affiliation list of candidates to choose from, the county auditor explained.
On the Republican ballot, it will have the state’s only congressman, Kelly Armstrong, followed by a choice between Gov. Doug Burgum-Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford and challengers Michael Coachman-Joel H. Hylden for the top executive positions in the state. Also on the republican ballot for state auditor is Joshua C. Gallion, while both Daniel Johnston and Thomas Beadle are vying for state treasurer. Republicans will have one choice on the ballot for insurance commissioner (Jon Godfread) and public service commissioner (Brian Kroshua).
On the Democratic-NPL ballot, Zach Rakernud and Roland Clifford Riemers will be vying to face Armstong on the November ballot. Shelley Lenz of Killdeer and Ben Vig are on the ballot for governor and lieutenant governor. Vig is a former state representative from District 23 and the Steele County community of Sharon.
Also on the ballot are Patrick Hart (state auditor), Mark Haugen (state treasurer), Travisia Martin (insurance commissioner) and Casey D. Buchmann (public service commissioner).
The Libertarian ballot will have just Steven James Peterson as the lone candidate for the congressional seat.
DuWayne Hendrickson of Minot and Joshua Voytek of Fargo are on the Libertarian ballot for governor and lieutenant governor.
In the no-party section of the primary ballot, State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is fighting off challengers Brandt J. Dick and Charles J. Tuttle.
Jon Jay Jensen is the only person on the ballot for justice of the state’s Supreme Court.
In the Bowman area, there are three choices for three positions as County Commissioner at Large – Rick Braaten, Jerry Jeffers and Pine A. Abrahamson.
Lyn James is unopposed as the commission president in Bowman, while Myron Vail and Ryan Shear will face off for the two commission positions in Bowman.
Ed Kvaale is the only candidate on the ballot for Park Board Commissioner.
The Bowman County school board ballot has Trevor Kulseth for the Bowman area, Andrea Bowman and Amy Fischer from the Rhame area.
The ballot also has two measures covering the publishing of the minutes from the city meetings and the Bowman County School District in the county’s newspaper of record.
The City of Rhame will also have its general election June 9, with four candidates vying for the three four-year seats on the city commission. Voters will have a choice between Alan Getz, Doyle Kruger, Helen Edwards and Shaun Bergquist.
There are no candidates for the two Rhame Park District Commissioner, leaving it open to write-in candidates.
There also is decision for voters to make on how to publish the City of Rhame minutes between in the official newspaper, mail to residents with monthly water bill, post minutes on the city website or not to publish or mail the minutes.
Dallas Whittet is the only candidate for the four-year city counsel term, while the Andrew Weiss is the only person on the ballot for city auditor.
There also is a choice for voters as to whether the city can enter into contracts to provide water to the residents of Gascoyne.
Robb Pierce is the only candidate on the ballot for the four-year term of mayor of the city of Scranton.
Jason Anderson and Jordan Fisher are the candidates for the two four-year terms as aldermen for the city.
Voters will need to have ID and other documentation in order to vote, according to the county auditor.
That means voters can use their North Dakota driver’s license or non-driver ID cards to qualify for voting.
For those voters unable to update their ID before voting, a supplemental document listing the new address may be provided when voting. The documents that may be used are a current utility bill, a current bank statement, a check issued by a federal, state, local or tribal government, a paycheck or a federal, state, local or tribal government.