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How to vote in Montana! Everything you need to know from registering and voter ID laws to absentee voting and sample ballots!


Check your registration status:
(This is also where you can find your polling place and sample ballot.)

Registration form:

Find your local county election office:

Absentee/mail ballot request form:

Find your polling place:

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.

Look at a sample ballot:


More states:

Google's simple "How to Register" system:

Hello Montana. You're my state! Here - here we are. We're gonna vote. If you want to vote, which I hope you do, you need to make sure that you're registered to vote. 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 got to print it out, fill it out, and mail it in, like with a stamp mail. I know that's kind of annoying, but it's important, so register anyway. You can also go to your local county election office or DMV 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 until October 9th to do it if you want to vote in the November presidential election, but late registration is available at your county election office all the way through noon on November 7th and all that day on election day. Once you've 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. You don't even have to request it, it'll just show up in the mail every time you're eligible to vote. If you missed that box when you registered or just want to vote absentee for this one election, there's a link in the description to an Absentee Ballot Request Form. You'll have to mail it in by noon on November 7th, but the sooner, 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 8th.

If you're going to vote in person on election day, polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm 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 both your name and your 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. This gives you a chance to research the candidates and issues in your local elections ahead of time, but don't panic if you see, like, 18 judges on there. You don't have to vote for every single item on the ballot if you don't want to. If you want, you can even print out a sample ballot, fill it out, and bring it to the polls with you, so you can remember how you want to vote. 

All the links you need to check your registration, get absentee ballots, get your sample ballot, find your polling location will be in the description. Thank you for voting.