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How to Register to Vote

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Montana registration application or contact your county election office to have one sent to you.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Check the box to indicate if you’re registering for the first time or are updating your information

Step 2 · Check the boxes to indicate if you’re a US citizen, will be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8, and will live at a Montana address by Oct 9

Step 3 · Provide your name

Step 4 · Provide your birthday. Next, provide your phone number and email address (optional)

Step 5 · Provide your Montana driver’s license number or Montana ID number. If you don’t have either, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

  • If you don’t have a Social Security number or a Montana driver’s license or Montana ID card, mark the box stating that you don’t have these, and provide a photocopy of an ID or document that shows your name and current address, such as a:
  • Paycheck stub
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government document

Step 6 · Provide your address

Step 7 · (Optional) Provide your mailing address, if different from Step 6

Step 8 · (Optional) Check the appropriate box if the information about militia or overseas voters applies to you

Step 9 · Provide your previous address or other information, if applicable

Step 10 · Sign and date the form


3. Send the form.

Send your completed form by Oct 11 so it’s received by Oct 14 at your county election office


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1. Get the voter registration form.

Pick up the form at your county election office by Nov 7 (before noon)


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Check the box to indicate if you’re registering for the first time or are updating your information

Step 2 · Check the boxes to indicate if you’re a US citizen, will be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8, and will live at a Montana address by Oct 9

Step 3 · Provide your name

Step 4 · Provide your birthday. Next, provide your phone number and email address (optional)

Step 5 · Provide your Montana driver’s license number or Montana ID number. If you don’t have either, provide the last 4 digits of your social security number.

  • If you don’t have a social security number or a Montana driver’s license or Montana ID card, mark the box stating that you don’t have these, and provide a photocopy of an ID or document that shows your name and current address, such as a:
  • Paycheck stub
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government document

Step 6 · Provide your address

Step 7 · (Optional) Provide your mailing address, if different from Step 6

Step 8 · (Optional) Check the appropriate box if the information about militia or overseas voters applies to you

Step 9 · Provide your previous address or other information, if applicable

Step 10 · Sign and date the form


3. Return the form.

Return your completed form at your county election office by Nov 7 (before noon)

You can also register at your polling place before voting on Election Day, Nov 8


Check if you’re registered to vote

app.mt.gov

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at a Montana address by Oct 9
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be in jail for a felony
  • Not currently be judged to be of unsound mind by a court
  • Not claim the right to vote elsewhere
Mail
October 11

In Person
November 8

How to Vote

Vote Early
Oct 11–Nov 7

Vote in person by absentee ballot at your county election office

Bring a copy of accepted ID, if required.


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Most polls are open 7 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote. If your location has less than 400 voters, it may not open until noon.

Bring a copy of accepted ID.


Who can vote early

Any voter registered in Montana can vote before Election Day by voting an absentee ballot in person.


Who can vote by mail

Any voter registered in Montana can vote early by mail.


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print an application for an absentee ballot.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Provide your name

Steps 2-4 · Provide your birthday, phone number, and email address

Step 5 · Provide the address where you’re registered to vote

Step 6 · Provide your mailing address (if different from Step 5)

Step 7 · To receive an absentee ballot for the general election on Nov 8, check the box for “General”

Step 8 · Sign and date the form


3. Submit the form

Mail your completed application to your county election office so it’s received by 12 PM on Nov 7


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Attach a copy of an accepted ID, if required
  • Mail your completed ballot so it’s received at the address on the return envelope by 8 PM on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot on app.mt.gov
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote early
Oct 11–Nov 7

Vote in person by absentee ballot at your county election office

Bring a copy of accepted ID, if required.


Vote on Election Day
November 8

Most polls are open 7 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote. If your location has less than 400 voters, it may not open until noon.

Bring a copy of accepted ID.

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Montana or register at the polls on Election Day. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Live at a Montana address
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not currently be serving a prison sentence
  • Not have been deemed of unsound mind by a court of law

In person ID requirements

Before Election Day
If you’re not voting for the first time in Montana, you don’t need to provide ID to vote early in person

If you’re voting for the first time in Montana and didn’t provide your driver’s license number, last 4 digits of your Social Security number, or a copy of ID when you registered to vote, be sure to bring one of the following:

  • Photo ID that shows your name, including a driver’s license, school ID card or tribal photo ID
  • Document such as a utility bill, bank statement, pay statement, confirmation of voter registration, government check, or other government document that that shows your name and current address

Election Day
Be sure to bring one of the following:

  • A Montana driver’s license, non-driver’s ID, or other photo ID showing your name
  • A document displaying your name and current address, such as:
  • A current utility bill
  • A bank statement
  • A paycheck
  • A government check
  • Any other government document showing your name and address

If you don’t have any of these, you can fill out a Polling Place Elector ID form. If the election worker is able to verify the information on the form, you can still vote.


By mail ID requirements

If you’re not voting for the first time in Montana, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail

If you’re voting for the first time in Montana and didn’t provide your driver’s license number, last 4 digits of your social security number, or a copy of ID when you registered to vote, be sure to attach one of the following to your mail ballot:

  • Photo ID that shows your name, including a driver’s license, school ID card or tribal photo ID
  • Document such as a utility bill, bank statement, pay statement, confirmation of voter registration, government check, or other government document that that shows your name and current address

Frequently Asked Questions

Montana is one of the few states in the nation that offers permanent absentee status to voters. Use the Montana Absentee Ballot Application to add yourself to the Permanent Absentee List. You can choose to have ballots sent to you for every subsequent election (including municipal, state and federal) or just for federal elections. You will need to respond to certain confirmation mailings to remain on the list. Permanent absentee status is a great way to make sure you never miss another election.

Contact your  Local Election Official if you have any questions.

You don’t need to provide ID if you’ve already voted in Montana at least once. If you are a first-time Montana voter, and you did not meet the ID requirements when you registered to vote, you must include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application. Acceptable ID includes a photo ID that shows your name, OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows your name and Montana address.
You need to include your Montana driver’s license number (or your non-drivers ID card number) on your voter registration form. If you don’t have either of these numbers, you’ll need to provide ID before voting for the first time. You can meet the voter ID requirements by including a copy of your ID with your voter registration form. Acceptable forms of ID include: a copy of a photo ID that shows your name OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and Montana address.
If you are are subject to illness or hospitalization between 5pm on the Friday before election day and noon on election day, you may apply for an emergency absentee ballot. Your County Election Administrator will authorize a special absentee election board to bring an emergency absentee ballot to you. Contact your County Election Administrator for more information.
If you miss that deadline, you can still register and vote in the election by late registering at your county election office. You can late-register right up until close of polls on election day. Late registration is available at any time right up through the close of polls on election day. No absentee ballots are issued between noon and 5pm the day before the election however, so if you haven۪t registered before then, you should wait until election day to register and vote.