Armstrong Secures Exemption for North Dakota from Voter Registration Requirement

March 2, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Kelly Armstrong’s (R-ND) amendment was adopted to H.R. 1, which will allow North Dakota to continue its 70 year practice of not using voter registration if H.R. 1 becomes law.

“North Dakota is a unique state in that we are the only one in the country that does not use voter registration. I am glad to see my amendment pass that would allow North Dakota to continue our long-standing practice. My amendment is an example of why local control of election law is the best way to conduct elections. No state is the same and a one-size-fits-all policy does not work for North Dakota or any other state.

H.R. 1 is a massive federal overreach that will nationalize our election system and give more power to politicians. The For The Politicians Act will gut state voter I.D. laws, codify ballot harvesting, limit free speech, spend taxpayer dollars on political campaigns, and weaken election security against voter fraud.  I will vote against this legislation.” - Congressman Armstrong.

This amendment provides an exemption for states without voter registration from the requirement to implement the practice and allows them to make their own decision on implementing voter registration. North Dakota is the only state in the union that does not have voter registration. North Dakota’s current process of not having voter registration has been in place since 1951. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 provides an exemption for any state not using voter registration to implement it and this amendment continues that exemption.

H.R. 1 is currently under consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives.

The full video of Congressman Armstrong’s floor speech can be found below: