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Montana

Population

1,068,778

Voting-Age Pop.

804,263

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 36 %
Trump 56 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 26, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com

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  • Online Registration

    No
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    Yes
  • ID Required
    Yes

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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot.

Data source - sosmt.gov

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  • No, residents of Montana must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

No, residents of Montana must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

Applications must be received by: Nov 2, 12pm Chevron Icon

  • Applications must be received by the county election office by noon the day before the election.

    If you drop off the application you will be able to pick up the absentee ballot at the same time.

Applications must be received by: Nov 2, 12pm

Applications must be received by the county election office by noon the day before the election.

If you drop off the application you will be able to pick up the absentee ballot at the same time.

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  • Oct 2: Absentee ballots must be available for voting in person for those counties that are conducting a mail ballot election.

    Oct 5: Absentee ballots must be available for voting in person for those counties that are conducting a polling place election.

    Oct 9: For those counties that are conducting a mail ballot election, date by which ballots are mailed to all active registered voters.

When will I receive my ballot?

Oct 2: Absentee ballots must be available for voting in person for those counties that are conducting a mail ballot election.

Oct 5: Absentee ballots must be available for voting in person for those counties that are conducting a polling place election.

Oct 9: For those counties that are conducting a mail ballot election, date by which ballots are mailed to all active registered voters.

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  • Absentee ballots must be received at the election office or polling place by 8pm on Election Day.

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Absentee ballots must be received at the election office or polling place by 8pm on Election Day.

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  • You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.

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You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

Montana does not have true early voting, but does have in-person absentee voting that allows electors, as soon as absentee ballots are available, to receive, mark and submit an absentee ballot in person at the election office or by mail to the election office.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

Yes

Regular registration closes 30 days before any election. Late registration begins the next day, and ends at the close of polls on election day (except from noon until 5pm on the day before Election Day). Late registration can only be done at the county election administrator’s office or the location designated by the election administrator.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

Yes

If you do not have any of the items listed, you can still vote by requesting and filling out a “Polling Place Elector ID” form. Or you can vote a provisional ballot. Your provisional ballot will be counted if you provide one of the items on the list to the county election office by 5:00 p.m. the day after the election, or mail it to the county election office postmarked by the day after the election.


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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - sosmt.gov

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • Current Utility Bill

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  • Current Photo ID

    Showing the elector’s name

  • Current Bank Statement, Paycheck or Government Check

  • Voter Registration Confirmation

  • Other Government Document

    Showing the elector’s current name and current address