Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Register to Vote Now

The last day to register to vote for the 2009 General Election is Friday, September 18, 2009. This is much earlier than most states, so if you are not registered to vote do not get caught off guard by this early deadline. Register to vote now!

Voter Eligibility Rules

(a) Pursuant to Article VII, Section 1 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, a person is eligible to vote who, on the date of the election, is 18 years of age or older, is domiciled in the Commonwealth, is a resident in the Commonwealth and has resided in the Commonwealth for a period of time provided by law, is not serving a sentence for a felony, has not been declared by a court to be of unsound mind, and is either a citizen or national of the United States.
(b) Pursuant to Article VII, Section 2 of the Commonwealth Constitution, a person shall not be denied the right to vote because that person is unable to read or write.
(c) Under authority of Article VII, Section 1 of the Commonwealth Constitution, no person shall be eligible to vote who has not resided in the Commonwealth at least 120 days prior to the election day
(d) Consistent with Article VII, Section 1 of the Commonwealth Constitution, no person who is confined to a mental institution shall be eligible to vote.
(e) In accordance with Article VII, Section 1 of the Commonwealth Constitution, no person serving a sentence for a felony, as defined by Section 6003(t) of this part, shall be eligible to vote.
(f) No person shall register or vote in any other precinct than that in which the person resides.


Registering to vote in the CNMI involves more steps than in most states.

The easiest way to register is to go up to the Commonwealth Election Commission on Capital Hill. It is near the Post Office. Walk in and tell them you want to register. Bring your passport or your birth certificate and they'll take care of you.

If you would prefer to register by mail, you can download a registration form HERE. The forms on page three and four of this five page document are mandatory, as is a copy of your passport or birth certificate. The Affidavit of Registration on page three must be notarized by a notary public.

For the Affidavit Questionnaire on page four all of your answers must reflect that you are only temporarily away from the CNMI, for example in the military, school, or for employment purposes. The answer to question #1 on the Affidavit Questionnaire should be something like "continuing my education" and your answers to question #2 and #3 must be "NO."

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