En español | Montana’s November 8 general election will decide races for the U.S. House, Montana State Legislature, Montana Public Service Commission and various courts. The state's primary election was held June 7. See election results.
Montana gained one seat in the U.S. House, as determined by population growth in the 2020 census. The new congressional redistricting plan may affect certain boundaries of your district and which candidates appear on your ballot.
Check your voter registration status and update your information on the secretary of state’s My Voter Page.
The voter registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 11, for the general election. Registration forms postmarked by this date and received within three days are acceptable. You can also late register in person by visiting your county election office by noon on Monday, Nov. 7, the day before the election.
The Montana Secretary of State's office maintains a Voter Information Service called My Voter Page where you can find your candidates and download a sample ballot. Montana Free Press offers an election guide where candidates can be compared and researched.
All registered Montana voters can request an absentee ballot, and you can opt to automatically receive absentee ballots by mail in the future.
You can request an absentee ballot by mail, by phone or in person:
Applications must be received by county election officials by noon on Monday, Nov. 7. If you drop off your application, you should be able to pick up your absentee ballot at the same time, assuming the ballots are available.
Absentee ballots will be mailed to voters starting on Oct. 14.
Completed absentee ballots must be received by your local election administrator’s office or polling place by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Instructions for returning them will be included when the ballots are distributed.
It depends. You can track your absentee ballot for federal primary and general elections, which include statewide races, at My Voter Page. But ballots for school, municipal and special district elections cannot be tracked.
Yes. You can cast an absentee ballot in person starting on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Visit your county election office to fill out the necessary paperwork, obtain a paper ballot and vote during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Other county-designated locations may be open for early voting, too, and will be listed on the secretary of state’s website once they are available.
The state’s general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Poll hours vary across the state. While most are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., some in smaller counties may not open until noon.
Visit the Montana Secretary of State's My Voter Page to find your polling place and hours.
To register to vote, you must provide only one of the following forms of ID:
If you vote in person, you'll need to present one of the following forms of photo identification:
AARP Montana explains how to register and vote in Big Sky Country.
How to Register to Vote in Montana -- 2022 General Election
How to Vote by Mail in Montana -- 2022 General Election
How to Vote In-Person in Montana -- 2022 General Election
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on June 10, 2022, with information about the general election. The guide was first published on Aug. 7, 2020.
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