Making Democracy Work

Voting

Voters must show identification at the polling place to vote. Acceptable identification includes a voter registration card, driver's license, tribal or student ID or any other photo ID that includes the voter's name. A current utility bill, bank statement, pay check, government document or any other document that includes the voter's name and current address may also be used.

If a voter has no identification or is not listed in the poll book, he/she may vote in their precinct using a provisional ballot, which will be counted when election officials have verified the voter's identity and registration. Provisional voters will be given instructions how to make sure their vote is counted.

A voter may request an absentee ballot for upcoming and/or future elections from the Election Office in writing beginning 75 days prior to an election and ending at noon the day before the election. Overseas military personnel may request an absentee ballot at any time.

Primary elections for county, state and federal office are held on the 1st Tuesdy after the 1st Monday in June in even-numbered years. Montana conducts an open primary, which means that a voter's choice of party is secret. Voters must vote for candidates of only one party in a primary election.

General elections for county, state and federal office are held on the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November in even-numbered years.

City elections are held on the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November in odd-numbered years. If needed, primary elections for city offices may be held on the 2nd Tuesday in September.

School Districts, community councils, fire and irrigation districts hold their elections every year on the 1st Tuesday in May.

MONTANA VOTER INFORMATION HOTLINE 1-888-884-8683