Instructions for voting

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How to Register to Vote

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at a Montana address by Oct 9
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 6
  • 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

How to Vote

Vote Early
Oct 10–Nov 6

Vote in person by absentee ballot at your county election office

Bring a copy of accepted ID, if required.


Vote on Election Day
Nov 6

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.


Absentee ballot received by
November 6

Vote early
Oct 10–Nov 6

Vote in person by absentee ballot at your county election office

Bring a copy of accepted ID, if required.


Vote on Election Day
November 6

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 6
  • 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