Who's running for local races on Election Day - part 3

Louise Oleson
Devils Lake Journal
Blaine Volk is running for Ramsey County Commissioner in this upcoming election. Volk is currently involved with several community boards in the area.

Before you know it, it will be November and we’ll be voting on Election Day, November 3, 2020. Besides the national races, like who will serve as President and Vice President for the next four years, there are some local races to participate in. There are three seats up for election in the Ramsey County Commission, who will serve as head of ND Soil Conservation and adoption (or rejection) of the Home Rule Charter for Ramsey County will all be on this year’s ballot.

Ramsey County Commission race

Blaine Volk

Blaine L. Volk was born in Ashley, N.D., on Feb., 6 1975. He was raised in Hague, ND on a small farm. He worked dairy cattle, stock cows, and farmland. He moved to Cando in 1989 and graduated high school in 1993.

Volk enlisted into the North Dakota Army National guard on March 3, 1992 and has served in various leadership positions. Blaine is currently on his 29th year of service in the North Dakota Army National Guard.

He attended Lake Region State College and graduated with a degree in Automotive Technology. Upon graduation from Lake Region State College, Volk worked for Bergstrom Automotive Company for eight years until accepting a position at Camp Grafton at the Unit Training Equipment Site (UTES) as a Civil Technician. He then accepted his current position with the Combined Support Maintenance Shop (CSMS) at Camp Grafton as a Surface Maintenance Mechanic Inspector Supervisor.

He moved around the lake region area for a few years until finally settling down in the Penn area. He married Karla in 2004 and they have three children, twin boys, Max and Ty, and a daughter, Lydia.

Volk is currently active on several boards within the community including; Treasure for Shooting Starz Wrestling Club, Lake Region Anglers Board Member and serves on the Advisory Board for the Automotive Technology Program at Lake Region State College.

Blaine looks forward an opportunity to be a Ramsey County Commissioner and would appreciate your vote!

The election

According to the Ramsey County Auditor’s Office, as it stands today, there will be both absentee voting and in person voting for this election.

In person voting will take place in the Memorial Building, as has been done normally for elections, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day, Nov. 3, provided conditions allow for in person voting. The Governor of North Dakota and/or the Secretary of State would make that call, depending on the risks to voters and election workers.

If you filled out a request to have all ballots sent to you for voting absentee, then you should be getting one through the U.S. Postal Service sometime the first part of October.

You have until Nov. 2 to get that ballot filled out and mailed in, it must be postmarked Nov. 2. You could also drop your absentee ballot by the Ramsey County Auditor’s Office no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 2.

On Sept. 14 a notice will be sent out from the county to all those who did not correctly request absentee ballots earlier in the year, asking if voters would like to vote that way this time.

You could also bring your absentee ballot in to the Auditor’s Office and vote right there, if for some reason you didn’t trust the Post Office with your ballot. That would have to be done before election day, however.

If you put your ballot away and for some reason don’t get it filled out and submitted prior to 5 p.m. on Nov. 2, then it might be better for you to shred it and go to vote in person on Nov. 3, instead. Absentee ballots will not be accepted to be handed in on Nov. 3.

“Who’s running” part 1 Mark Olson, ran on Thursday, Aug. 27 and part 2 Lucas Wakefield, on Thursday, Sept. 1. Part 4, Jeff Frith, will run Thursday, Sept. 17 in The Devils Lake Journal.

Who can vote?

If you have been a Ramsey County resident for at least 30 days, you are eligible to vote in Ramsey County, North Dakota does not require voter registration.

However, voters are asked to bring proof of residence with them if this is the first time they’ve voted in ND. College students attending LRSC, for example, could vote in Ramsey County, if they are U.S. citizens and if they have proof they have lived in the county for 30 days, however, they cannot then vote in their home cities or counties, if they vote in Ramsey County.

Be sure to bring a photo ID with you that has your current residential address on it. Election workers ask, too, that you please wear a mask and practice social distancing when you come to vote in person.