FARGO - Cass County Auditor Mike Montplaisir is asking for feedback as officials consider whether the county should close Election Day polling places at 7 p.m. instead of 8 p.m., which has been the practice for years.
"We asked the district party chairs for feedback," Montplaisir said Tuesday, April 3. "We thought we'd ask the question because all the other North Dakota counties close at 7 p.m."
Within recent years, Burleigh County, which includes Bismarck, joined what Montplaisir believes is the vast majority of North Dakota counties in closing polls at 7 p.m.
Cass County officials are tracking down data, but Montplaisir believes the number of voters who vote after 7 p.m. dwindles to a "trickle."
One reason to close the polls an hour earlier is that it could make it easier to recruit poll officials.
"It's always difficult finding election workers and one of the complaints is it's a pretty long day," Montplaisir said. "It's just a natural question to ask."
Montplaisir expects to make a recommendation to the Cass County Commission, whose members will decide whether to close polls earlier.