ABOUT THIS STATE

Hey Montana, did you know that, in your state, if you start performing onstage, you legally can’t quit halfway through? You have to finish. It’s a law! A law that *you* made! Let's apply it to voting, shall we? If you pledge to vote, there’s no backing out. You gotta do it. The good news for you? Voting’s a lot easier than the performing arts. Montana has two main elections in 2022: Its primary election will take place on June 7, and the general will be held on November 8. Here’s everything you need to know about voting in Big Sky Country. (Source: Ballot Ready)

Be A Voter

Key Dates

May 9

Primary Voter Registration Deadline (Postmarked By)

Jun 6

Primary Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Jun 7

Primary Absentee Ballot Return Deadline

May 9 – Jun 6

In-Person Absentee Voting (Primary)

Jun 7

Primary Election

Nov 8

General Election

Montana Voter Guide

  • How do I register to vote?

    We're working with Vote.org to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

    Register here
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Late registration for most elections is available at the county election office or designated location up until noon the day before the election, but do it now just to be safe! Then, reward yourself with a cookie.

    Get more info
  • Do I have to be registered as a Democrat or Republican to vote in my primary?

    Nope! Montana voters do not register by party and do not need to be formally affiliated with a political party in order to vote in its primary.

  • Can I vote by mail?

    Yes! If you're registered you can request to have your ballot mailed to you, you just have to do that by November 2. Then, you can fill it out and mail it back by November 3. This is called an absentee ballot. You can request your absentee ballot here.

    Request your ballot
  • Can I vote early? (primary)

    Yes, you can vote absentee early in person or by mail from May 9th-June 6th.

  • Do I need an ID?

    Yes, yes you do. A driver's license, state ID, school district or postsecondary education ID, tribal ID, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government document with your name and address all work. Check with VoteRiders below for details.

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what's new in montana voting since 2020

In 2021, Montana passed 10 new laws related to voting. Don't worry, we'll tell you everything you need to know to make sure your ballot gets counted. There are two main changes that affect voters. First, there is no longer same-day registration in Montana. So make sure you're registered to vote by noon on the day before the election. Second, voter ID requirements have changed. When you're registering to vote or casting your ballot, there are a few options to fulfill the requirements. When you register, you can use either your Driver's License/State ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number OR a certain forms of photo IDs, including a military ID, tribal photo ID, US passport, or MT concealed carry permit. If you don't have any of those things, you can use another form of photo ID PLUS a bill, paycheck, or government issued document with your name and current address. When you show up to the voting booth itself, you can use either your government-issued ID (Montana driver's license, tribal ID, U.S passport, concealed carry permit, military ID) or another form of photo ID PLUS a bill, paycheck, or government document with your name and address. Student IDs are no longer a valid form of voter identification. Check with our friends at Vote Riders for more details on voter identification or assistance.

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Resources

  • Get your absentee ballot here!

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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