Registration Deadline: The deadline for regular registration is 5 p.m. 30 days before any election. Individuals can late-register for most elections at the county election office or the designated location beginning 29 days before election day, and through 8 p.m. on election day.
Party Affiliation: There is no party registration in Montana. Individuals who vote in a primary election are given all the parties' ballots, and can choose in private which party ballot they wish to vote. Voters in a primary election cannot vote more than one party's ballots.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must have lived in Montana for at least 30 days
Mental Competency: Not judged in a court of law to be of unsound mind
Felony Convictions: Not be a convicted felon serving a sentence in a penal institution.
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Montana Voter pre-registration Application
In person: You can register in person at the following locations:
-Your county election office
-Where and when you apply for or renew your driver's license or Montana ID
By mail/ in writing: Obtain a registration form online and mail it to your county election office.
By fax: Contact your county election officeor faxing options.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: Montana online voter registration verification
Phone: Contact your county election office for registration verification
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot.
Other absentee voter qualifications: In order to remain on the annual absentee list and continually receive absentee ballots you must complete, sign, and return a confirmation notice mailed by the county election office each year.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: Fill out form and/or sign up for the absentee list.
In person: Applications may be downloaded online or picked up at a county election office, and must be turned into the county election office by noon the day before the election. If the application is submitted in person you may pick up the absentee ballot at the same time, once ballots are available.
By mail: Download an application and mail it to the county election office. An absentee ballot will be mailed to the mail-to address indicated on the form.
Military and overseas voting: Any of the following are defined as UOCAVA voters:
-Member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine on active duty
-Spouse or dependent of a member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine on active duty
-U.S. citizen residing outside the U.S.
-Other individuals meeting definitions of "absent uniformed services voter" and "overseas voter" in Montana law(13-21-102, MCA)
As such, UOCAVA voters may annually apply for absentee ballots using the Electronic Absentee System to register to vote up to and including election day. More information is available here.
By mail: complete and return the Federal Post Card Application found here.
For the November 3, 2015 Municipal General Election only:
If your county is conducting the election by mail ballot:
Active electors are mailed a ballot 15 to 25 days before Election Day
Inactive electors must reactivate their voter regstration before a ballot will be mailed.
Not all registered voters are active electors.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: Ballots mailed to the county election office or polling place must be received no later than 8:00 p.m. on election day.
Other absentee ballot submission information: UOCAVA voters who have received and marked a ballot may return their absentee ballot by email, fax or mail. All ballots must be received by the county election office by 8 p.m. on Election Day, unless returning electronically. If returning an absentee ballot electronically, it must be sent to the county election office by 8 p.m. on Election Day, and received by 5 p.m. the next day.
Early voting qualifications: Any registered voter may fill out an absentee application and vote in person at their county election office.
Verifying Registration: online voter registration verification
Deciding how to vote: http://votesmart.org/
Polling Place: online polling place locator
Before you will be permitted to receive a ballot, you will need to present a current photo ID. If you do not have a photo ID, you can provide one of the following:
- a current utility bill
- bank statement
- voter registration confirmation
- government check or other government document that shows your name and current address. If you do not have any of the items listed above, you can still vote by requesting and filling out a “Polling Place Elector ID” form.
Or, you can vote a provisional ballot and provide one of the items listed above. Your provisional ballot will be counted if you provide one of the items on the list to the county election office by 5:00 p.m. the day after the election, or mail it to the county election office postmarked by the day after the election.
How to Vote: View Montana's voter infomation page.
Getting your vote counted: For more information about voting call your local election office or call the Secretary of State's toll free voter hotline: 1-888-884-VOTE (8683)
Problems with voting: Montana Secretary of State Elections Complaint Form
Verifying absentee ballot status: absentee ballot status verification