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Montana Voter Registration Information

Friday, December 9, 2011

Primary Election
June 5, 2012

General Election

November 6, 2012

Voter Registration and Eligibility

Must register to vote 30 days before the election.
Late registration is available at any time right up through the close of polls on Election Day, except between noon and 5 p.m.on the day before the election.


To register to vote in the State of Montana, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be 18 years or older on or before the next election
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Have lived in Montana and in the county in which you intend to vote for at least 30    days
  • Not be a convicted felon serving a sentence in a penal institution
  • Not have been judged in a court of law to be of unsound mind


In Person:
Visit your local County Election Office(contact information) on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and complete a registration form.

Fill out a registration form when you apply for or renew your driver’s license.

By Mail:
Fill out a registration form and mail it to the local election office. It must be postmarked at least 30 days before the election. Registration forms are readily available from local election offices, post offices, libraries, and many organizations and businesses. There is a registration form available in your phone book.

A registration form is available online here.


Who Can Absentee Vote in Montana?

Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot.

How Can I Acquire an Absentee Ballot?

To vote absentee, you must first apply for an absentee ballot. Obtain an application for an absentee ballot online here.

No absentee ballots are issued between noon and 5 p.m. the day before the election, so if you haven't registered before then, you probably want to wait until Election Day to register and vote.

You may pick one up at your local election office or at the Secretary of State’s Office, or you may call either office and ask to have one mailed to you.

Registered voters can also vote absentee in person at their local election office up to 30 days before the election (contact information)

Additional Information for Overseas Voters

How do I Return the Absentee Ballot and What is the Deadline?

They must be completed and either hand-delivered or mailed to the Election Administrator no later than the close of polls on Election Day.

Source of information:
Montana Secretary of State, Elections Bureau
Post Office Box 202801
Helena, Montana 59620
Phone: 406-444-4732
Voter Hotline: 1-888-884-VOTE (8683)
Email: soselection@mt.gov





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