By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day. If this day is a Sunday, then your form must be postmarked 29 days before Election Day.
If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and a cast a ballot at the same time during early voting or on Election Day. You'll have to register at the office of your Local Election Official -- not at a polling place. Contact your Local Election Official for questions about the process or identification requirements.
To register in Montana you must:
be a citizen of the United States
be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day
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
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
Montana is one of the few states in the nation that offers permanent absentee status to voters. Use the Montana Absentee Ballot Application to add yourself to the Permanent Absentee List. You can choose to have ballots sent to you for every subsequent election (including municipal, state and federal) or just for federal elections. You will need to respond to certain confirmation mailings to remain on the list. Permanent absentee status is a great way to make sure you never miss another election.
You don't need to provide ID if you've already voted in Montana at least once. If you are a first-time Montana voter, and you did not meet the ID requirements when you registered to vote, you must include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application. Acceptable ID includes a photo ID that shows your name, OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows your name and Montana address.
You need to include your Montana driver's license number (or your non-drivers ID card number) on your voter registration form. If you don't have either of these numbers, you'll need to provide ID before voting for the first time. You can meet the voter ID requirements by including a copy of your ID with your voter registration form. Acceptable forms of ID include: a copy of a photo ID that shows your name OR a copy of a currentutility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and Montana address.
You are are subject to illness or hospitalization between 5pm on the Friday before election day and noon on election day, you may apply for an emergency absentee ballot. Your County Election Administrator will authorize a special absentee election board to bring an emergency absentee ballot to you. Contact your County Election Administrator for more information.
If you miss that deadline, you can still register and vote in the election by late registering at your county election office. You can late-register right up until close of polls on election day.late registeringLate registration is available at any time right up through the close of polls on election day. No absentee ballots are issued between noon and 5pm the day before the election however, so if you haven۪t registered before then, you should wait until election day to register and vote.
Find everything you need to vote in our state election centers