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Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Montana

Warning: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it's submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Montana.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote Early In Person
10/05/2020
Early Voting Begins
11/02/2020
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

11/02/2020
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/03/2020
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

In-Person Absentee Voting

You can vote in-person absentee in your state.

To vote in person absentee, you request, fill out, and return your ballot while at your local elections office. You may also register to vote in person. 

How Vote By Mail Works in Montana

In 2020, Montana counties are deciding if they want to send ballots directly to all registered voters or require mail-in ballot requests. 46 counties have decided to send all registered voters mail-in ballots. The first wave of ballots will be mailed on Oct.9th. Voters that register to vote before the Oct. 26th deadline will continue to automatically receive ballots in the mail. After Oct. 26th, voters can go to register and vote in person at their county elections office. In these counties voting by mail is a one step process: Step 1: Complete and return your ballot ASAP

  • Return your ballot in person to local elections office, county designated dropbox, polling place by Nov. 3rd at 8 p.m.
  • Or mail your ballot to your local elections office so that it is received by Nov. 3rd. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable. The best intentions or postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after Nov. 3rd - your ballot will not count.
10 counties have decided to run traditional elections. In these counties, voters must request a mail-in ballot by Oct. 26th.  After you request your ballot, it will be mailed to you. Then, follow the steps listed above.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

You may vote by mail for any reason

You don’t need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You can vote by mail for any reason.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

After you fill out your ballot, sign the affidavit on your return envelope.

Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.

Use The Right Form of ID

Montana voters must show valid photo ID when voting in person. Info here on what qualifies. You do not need to submit a copy of your photo ID when voting by mail.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

Your postage is prepaid.

In Person

  • Local elections office
  • Drop box
  • Polling place
Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. Your local elections office is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. You have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to cure your signature. You may get a call from a number you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to answer so you don't miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you have an absentee ballot that you are not going to use, or you miss the deadline to return, you may go to your polling place and vote in person. You may be asked to use a provisional ballot. Which is better than not voting, but may not be counted.

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Montana

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.


Voting Info for Montana First Time Voter Info