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Hello Montana.

If you want to vote, first you need to make sure 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 a 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 9th if you want to vote in the November 6th general election, but if you can still register in person at your county election office all the way through noon on November 5th and then all day on election day. 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 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 have to mail it in by noon on November 5th, 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 6th. 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 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 print one out and bring it to the polls with you so 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 going to vote, how you're gonna get there, what ID you're going to use if you need one, even who you're going to 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 6th. All the links you need to check your registration and polling location will be in the description.

Thank you for voting.