Montana Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated March 22, 2016
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Important Deadlines

  • Voter Registration Form:  Postmarked 30 days before the election (unless that date falls on a Sunday, in which case it must be postmarked 29 days before Election Day). You may also register in person up until Election Day
  • Absentee Ballot Application: Received by noon on the day before the election
  • Voted Absentee Ballot: Received before close of polls on Election Day

How to vote by absentee ballot

Register to vote

Recommended: Use our Voter Registration Tool. Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form. 

You can also use Montana's voter registration formSign the completed form and mail it to your County Election Administrator. The addresses are on the form. 

Verify your voter registration

It's best to double check your registration before applying for your absentee ballot. Verify your voter registration today and avoid problems down the line. If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.

NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost your voter registration card. You don't actually need it to vote.

Apply for your absentee ballot

Good news!  Any registered Montana voter can vote by absentee ballot.

Your absentee ballot application will be rejected if you apply any sooner than 75 days before an election.  Your application will also be rejected if you apply after the deadline. 

You can request your absentee ballot by downloading and completing the Montana Absentee Ballot Application.  If you want the absentee ballot mailed to you, be sure to include your mailing address in the space provided. 

Mail, fax, or hand-deliver your completed absentee ballot application to your County Election Administrator.  The addresses are listed on the form.  Once they process it, they'll mail your absentee ballot to you.

Receive, complete, and return your absentee ballot

Fill out your absentee ballot, sign where indicated, put a stamp on the envelope, and then mail your ballot back to the address listed on the return envelope.  You may be asked to include your Motor Vehicle Division number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Be sure to meet the deadline or your ballot won't be counted!

Additional Information

State Election Website:
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have questions.  They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 


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