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Register to vote in Montana

How to Register to Vote in Montana for the Elections

This article describes how to register to vote in Montana. You can register to vote by mail in Montana by printing a copy of the National Voter Registration Form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

Register to vote in Montana In-person

Who can vote

  • To register in Montana you must be a citizen of the United States and be at least 18 years old on or before the election
  • Be a resident of Montana and of the county in which you want to vote for at least 30 days before the next election
  • Not be in a penal institution for a felony conviction
  • And, not currently be determined by a court to be of unsound mind
  • Meet these qualifications by the next election day if you do not currently meet them

Register to vote in Montana By-mail

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 – ID Number: You must provide your Montana driver’s license number. If you do not have a Montana driver’s license number then you must list the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you have neither a driver’s license, nor a Social Security number, please write “NONE” on the form. The state of Montana will assign to you a unique identifying number.
  3. Box 7 – Choice of Party: Montana does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections.
  4. Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
  5. Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 9.

Military and overseas voters Register to vote in Montana

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:

  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.

If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:

  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Montana.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Montana’s voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 9. And, in person is Tuesday, November 6.

Click here to view How to Register to Vote in Other States.

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