Making Democracy Work

Guide to Government

Information and Contact Information

Information on voting and a listing of your national, State, and local elected officials This page information is provided through the support of the Missoula Organization of Realtors.

Voting in an Election

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 recinct 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.


Register to Vote

U.S. citizens may become voters for national, state and local elections if they meet the following requirements: . citizen of the United States . Eighteen (18) years old or older at the time of the election . resident of the state and county for at least 30 days prior to the election . registered to vote

A citizen may register to vote any time up to and including the 30th day before an election at: . The Election Office, Missoula County Courthouse . The Montana Motor Vehicle Division, 2681 Palmer St, Suite A, Missoula (329-1355) when renewing a driver's license . On-line at

A driver's license number, the last 4 digits of a Social Security Number, photo identification or utility bill with current address is required to register.

Late registration. Beginning 30 days before an election and up to and including election day, citizens may register to vote and vote at the Election Office, South Avenue, Missoula, except for school elections.

Failure to vote in two consecutive federal general elections may result in the removal of an elector's name from the voting rolls. Responding to a mailed confirmation notice can prevent such removal. If an elector's name is removed from the rolls, he/she must re-register.

National Officials

President Barack Obama Term Expires The White House 4 years 1/2017 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C. 20500 202-456-1111 (comments only) Fax 202-456-2461

Vice President Joe Biden 4 years 1/2017

Federal Election Commission 1-800-424-9530

Congress: (Note: Mail via U.S. Postal Service takes about 1 month due to security. Fax time sensitive letters, e-mail or send through local office)

Senator Steve Daines (R) Term 6 years Expires 1/2021 The Honorable Steve Daines 1 Russell Senate Courtyard Washington, D.C. 20510 202-224-2651 1-800-332-6106 E-mail from http://www.daines.senate

Senator Jon Tester (D) 6 years 1/2019 The Honorable Jon Tester 204 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510-2604 202-224-2644 E-mail from Fax:202-224-8594 Missoula: 406-728-3003

Representative Ryan Zinke (R) 2 years 1/2017 The Honorable Ryan Zinke 516 Cannon House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 202-225-3211 1-888-232-2626 Missoula: 406-543-9550 E-mail from: Fax:202-225-5687

State of Montana't/elected officials.asp Governor term expires Governor Steve Bullock (D) 4 years 1/2017 406-444-3111

Lt. Governor 4 years 1/2017 Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney (D) 406-444-2026

Attorney General 4 years 1/2017 Tim Fox (R) 406-444-2026

Secretary of State 4 years 1/2017 Linda McCulloch (D) 406-444-2034

Auditor 4 years 1/2017 Monica Lindeen (D) 1-800-332-6148

Superintendent of Public Instruction 4 years 1/2017 Denise Juneau (D) 1-888-231-9393

Public Service Commission 4 years 1/2017 Gail Gutsche (D) 406-444-6199 1701 Prospect Ave, Helena, Mt 59620

Commissioner of Political Practices 6 years 1/2017

www.political 406-444-2942 Box 202401, Helena, Mt 59620-2401

Legislature: The legislature meets from January to April in odd-numbered years. Representatives serve for 2 years, Senators for 4 years. Contact during a legislative session Brief message to 1-3 legislators 1-406-444-4800 E-mail to a legislator or a committee Mail: State Capitol, Helena, Mt. 59620

Missoula Area Senators: Dist. Term Expires

45. Dick Barrett (D) 1/2017 549-4671

46 Sue Malek (D) 1/2017

use online messaging 444-4800

47 Cliff Larsen (D) 1/2017 544-6263

48 Cynthia Wolken (D) 1/2017 444-4800

49 Diane Sands (D) 1/2017 444-4800

50 Tom Facey (D) 1/2017 444-4800

Missoula Area Representatives


89 Nate McConnell (D) 1/2017 444-4800
90 Ellie Hill (D) 1/2017 218-9608
91 Bryce Bennett (D) 1/2017 546-3629
92 David (Doc) Moore(R) 1/2017 239-3499
94 Kimberly Dudik 1/2017 444-4800
95 Nancy Wilson (D) 1/2017 444-4800
96 Andrew Person (D) 1/2017 444-4800
97 Brad Tschida (R) 1/2017 444-4800
98 Willis Curdy (D) 1/2017 444-4800
99 Tom Steenberg (D) 1/2017 721-5869
100 Andrea Olsen (D) 1/2017 444-4800
Missoula County 200 W. Broadway 721-5700

County Commissioners

Jean Curtis

Nicole "Cola" Rowley

Stacey Rye

Auditor Barbara Berens (D) 258-3230

Clerk and Recorder Kim Seeberger 258-4752

Superintendent of Schools Rachel Vielleux 258-4860

County Attorney Kirsten Pabst 258-4737

County Sheriff/Coroner TJ McDermott 258-4810

Advisory Boards: Airport Board Jack Meyer, ch. 728-4381 meets last Tuesday 1:30 p.m. in Airport Terminal conf. room Advisory Council on Aging/Missoula Aging Services Jean Bowman, ch. 728-7682 1st Thursday 10:30 a.m. 337 Stephens Fort Missoula Historical Museum Gary Glynn, ch. 728-3476 3rd Monday 12:00 noon Jaker's Restaurant Larchmont Golf Course Mike Halligan, ch. 721-4435 2nd Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. Larchmont Club House Park Board Horace Brown, ch. 258-4716 2nd Thursday, 1:30 County Courthouse, RM 201 Tax Appeal Board 258-4877 Meets after June tax assesments are mailed, until all appeals are heard. Weed Control Board Sue Stanley, ch. 258-4200 3rd Thursday 4:00 p.m. 2825 Santa Fe Court Zoning Board of Adjustment Mike Knopik, ch. 258-4949 3rd Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. 140 W. Pine County Planning and Zoning Commission 258-4877 Meets as needed-Wednesday 1:30 pm. County Courthouse Rm 201

County Special District Boards Conservation Dictrict Board Tim Hall, ch. 829-3395 2nd Monday 7 pm, 3550 Mullan Rd, Suite 106 Urban Transportation District Board Alex Taft, ch 543-8386 4th Thursday, 12:00 noon, 140 W. Pine Conference Room

Local Officials

City of Missoula 435 Ryman St 552-6000 Missoula has self=-governing powers, which give the city all authority not specifically prohibited by the Legislature. Missoula has a mayor/council form of government. Twelve council members are elected ina non partisan election in odd numbered years on the 1st Tuesday after he 1st Monday in November. Terms are 4 years, with one council member elected each election. The Council meets Monday, 7 P.M. in CityCouncil chambers, 140 W. Pine and is televised live on MCAT. City offices are located at 435 Ryman Street, Missoula, Mt. 59802.

Mayor: John Engen 552-6001

City Council Ward 1

Bryan von Lussberg (406)258-1857
Heidi West (406)747-9158
Ward 2
Harlan Wells (406)544-7240
Jordan Hess (406)552-4050

Ward 3

Emily Bentley (406) 546-6552
Gwen Jones (406) 549-3295

Ward 4

John DiBari (406)274-7337
Jon Wilkins (406) 543-7952
Ward 5
Annelise Hedahl (406)546-6979
Julie Armstrong (406)426-1530
Ward 6
Michelle Cares (406)215-1905
Marilyn Marler (406)543-6721

Neighborhood Councils Missoula is divided into 18 district. Each district serlects a leadership team to do admnistrative work and sends a representative to the city's community forum to advise city officials on local issues and concerns. Forum meets on the 4th Thursday, 7:oo p.m. in City Council chambers, 14 W. Pine St. staff phone: 552-6081

Political Parties


Missoula County Democratic Central Committee Jason Wiener, ch.; P.O. Box 9305, Missoula, MT 59807 541-2602 e-mail:

Missoula County Republican Central Committee Will Deschamps, ch. P.O.Box 16084, Missoula MT 59808 544-4344 Libertarian Party Mike Fellows, , P.O. Box 4803, Missoula, MT 59806, (406) 721-9020;

Constitution Party Johnathan Martin,, 2212 2nd Ave. South, Great Falls, MT 59405, (406)727-5924 (