Montana

41% of 18-29 year olds voted in Montana in 2016*

*Source CIRCLE - Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America

Your voter registration application must be received on or by October 26, 2020 in order to be eligible to vote in the 2020 General Election. Thereafter, late registration is available through the close of polls on Election Day, except between noon and 5pm on the day before the election.

Check Registration Status

Check your Montana voter registration status here.

 

Eligibility

In order to register to vote, you must be a U.S citizen, have lived in Montana for at least 30 days, be 18 years or older on or before Election Day, not be a convicted felon serving a sentence in a penal institution, and not have been judged in a court of law to be of unsound mind.

  • If you are a student attending college in another Montana county, you can choose to vote in your county of permanent residence or register in the county where you are going to college and vote in that county. If you are an out-of-state student going to school in Montana, you may choose to become a resident of Montana if you have resided in Montana for at least 30 days and vote in the county where you are going to school or you can vote in your original state. However, you cannot vote in both states.

Deadline

The regular deadline to register to vote in Montana for the General Election (November 3, 2020) is October 26, 2020. Late registration is available at any time right up through the close of polls on Election Day, except between noon and 5pm the day before the election.

 

Voter Registration Process

In Montana, you may register to vote in-person or by mailing in a printable application.

  • Further voter registration information for Montana can be found here.

This page was last updated on 11/2/2020.

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Montana offers absentee by-mail and early absentee in-person voting. Voters are encouraged to consider voting using one of these methods in order to minimize their risk of exposure to COVID-19. The Governor of Montana has issued a directive regarding voting during the pandemic. Click here to read for more information. Additionally, several counties will be conducting a mail-ballot election and thus have changed regular in-person polling locations. Find more information about your county here.

Vote-By-Mail Practices

All registered Montana voters are eligible to apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Click here to access Montana’s absentee voting application.

  • Your application for an absentee ballot must be received by the county election office by noon on the day before Election Day (November 2, 2020). If you drop off the application in-person you will be able to pick up the absentee ballot at the same time, once ballots are available.
  • Your absentee ballot must be received by your local election office by the closing of the polls at 8pm on Election Day.
  • Further absentee voting information for Montana is listed here.

Early Voting

Montana offers early voting in the form of in-person absentee voting.

  • As soon as absentee ballots are available, voters are able to receive, mark, and submit an absentee ballot in-person at the election office. Ballots will be available no later than 30 days before Election Day.

Poll Finder

Locate your polling place here.

 

Election Day Practices

On Election Day, polling places open between 7am and noon and close at 8pm. Polling places having fewer than 400 registered voters are open from at least noon to 8pm. Find your polling location’s hours here.

  • At the polls, you must present a valid form of ID. Acceptable forms of ID include a photo ID with your name on it, a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, voter confirmation notice, tribal ID, government check or other government document that shows your name and current address. If you do not have any of these, you can still vote by requesting and filling out a “Polling Place Elector ID” form.
  • Further Montana voting information is listed here.

This page was last updated on 11/2/2020.

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