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COVID-19 Voting Update: Any registered voter in Montana can request an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Due to the Governor’s Directive, the deadline for voter registration has been moved to October 26, 2020. All ballots must be postmarked by November 3 and received by November 9.

[updated September 28, 2020]

COVID-19 voting updates by county:

Check your registration status:

Register by mail:

Register in person:

Request absentee ballot:

Track your absentee ballot:

Find your polling location:

Find your sample ballot:

Campus Vote Project:


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[music] Hello, Montana!

That's where we live! If you want to vote, first you need to make sure that you're registered.

There's a link in the description below where you can check whether you're already registered, but if you're not registered yet, or you need to update your name or address, there's a link to the registration form in the description. You've gotta print it, fill it out, and mail it in, like, with a stamp. I know that's kind of annoying, but it's important, so register anyway.

You can also go to DMV or your local county election office to register in person. There's a link to their locations in the description. If you're registering by mail or at the DMV, you have to do it by October 7th if you want to vote in the November 3rd general election, but if you miss those deadlines, don't worry.

You can go to a late registration location all the way through election day and register in person, and a list of all those locations is linked in the description. Once you're registered, you get to vote. Any registered voter in Montana can vote absentee by mail- you can even check a box on the voter registration form to get an absentee ballot for every election.

That way, you don't even have to request it, it will just show up in the mail every time you're able to vote. If you just want to vote absentee for this one election, there's a link in the description to an absentee ballot request form. You have to mail it in by noon on November 2nd, but the sooner you do it, the better so you have time to get your ballot in the mail, fill it out at your own pace, and mail it back or drop it off at your local election office by November 3rd.

You can also go to that county election office from October 9th to noon on November 2nd and vote early in person. If you're going to vote in person on election day, polls are open from 7am to 8pm and you can find out where you're supposed to go using the link below. You'll need to bring an ID with you.

Any kind of photo ID, a voter confirmation card, or a utility bill, paycheck, or bank statement with your name and address on it counts. If you want to see everything that's going to be on the ballot ahead of time, you can go to the link in the description and look at a sample ballot. Don't panic if you see a bunch of races on there that you haven't heard about.

You don't have to vote for every item on the ballot for it to count, but a sample ballot gives you a chance to research those important local elections ahead of time. If you want, you can also take a screenshot, print one out, and bring it to the polls with you so that you can remember how you want to vote. One last thing: if you're going to vote- open up your notes app or grab a piece of paper and make a plan.

Write down when and how you're going to register, what time you're gonna vote, how you're gonna get there, what ID you're going to use if you need one, even who you're gonna bring to the polls with you. Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from voting on November 3rd. All the links you need to check your registration and polling location will be in the description.

Thanks for being a voter. How To Vote in Every State is produced by Complexly in partnership with The MediaWise Voter Project, which is led by The Poynter Institute and supported by Facebook.