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Federal Election Deadlines

State Primary June 3, 2014 General Election November 4, 2014
Registration June 3, 2014 November 4, 2014
Ballot Request June 3, 2014 November 4, 2014
Ballot Return 8 PM, June 3, 2014 8 PM, November 4, 2014

These are not mailing deadlines. Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.

Important information

How can I register to vote as a military or overseas voter?

For the Federal primary and general elections you may use the Secretary of State's Electronic Absentee System (EAS) to access, save and return a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) via email.

You may also fill out and return an FPCA to your local election office. This form allows you to register to vote and identifies you as a voter covered by UOCAVA (Federal law providing special protections).

What is my voting residence?

The last place of residence in Montana where you are otherwise qualified to vote.

Do I need to claim a political party to vote in primary elections?

No, but you will need to select and vote only one party's primary ballot.

How can I submit my FPCA?

Montana allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax.

How often must I submit my FPCA?

The FPCA registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for all regularly scheduled Federal, State and local elections in the calendar year in which it is submitted and through the next calendar year.

If I am currently registered to vote, how may I request an absentee ballot?

You may submit an FPCA, absentee application, or letter to your local election office to request a ballot. The letter should identify you as an absent Uniformed Services voter or overseas voter and include your date of birth and signature.

How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

You may return the voted ballot or FWAB by mail, email or fax.

What must I do to use the FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections?

You may use the FWAB any time before an election to vote in primary, special and general elections for Federal, State and local offices and non-candidate ballot issues without having previously registered or requested an absentee ballot. Montana recommends waiting to use a FWAB until after 45 days before an election.

I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I register to vote in this State?

No.

Will I need a notary or witness for my FPCA or FWAB?

No.

Where can I find information about the candidates and/or other items that will be on my ballot?

To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote for State and Federal elections, go to www.sos.mt.gov/Elections.

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for all regularly scheduled Federal, State and local elections in the calendar year in which it is submitted, and for the next calendar year.

Complete the following blocks of the FPCA

Block 1

Select the category that describes you.

Block 2

Not required.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle).

Block 4

Date of birth.

Enter your valid Montana Driver's License number. If you do not have a Montana Driver's License, enter the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you have never been issued either of these identification numbers, the State shall assign a number that will serve to identify you for voter registration purposes.

Block 5

Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

Note that for Federal primary and general elections you can use Montana's Electronic Absentee System (EAS). The EAS can be found at www.sos.mt.gov/Elections.

Montana allows you to receive the blank ballot by mail, email or fax. Please rank your preference of how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. Provide your email address or fax number in Block 5. If you do not make a selection, then your local election official will mail your ballot to you.

Block 7

Complete street address of your Montana voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the county where you claim legal voting residence.

Block 8

Complete mailing address where you want your ballot sent, usually where you live now.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

Montana allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax.

If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to your local election office. Addresses can be found at the end of this section.

If you choose to email your FPCA, you should send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email the form directly to your local election office. Email addresses can be found at the end of this document. If you use the Montana Electronic Absentee System the FPCA may be returned unsigned and attached to an email addressed to the local election office.

If you choose to fax your FPCA, it is recommended that you fax the form directly to your local election official. Fax numbers can be found at the end of the document.

You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FPCA toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

To find out the status of your registration, contact your local election office or refer to Montana's voter registration verification website at www.sos.mt.gov/Elections/.

Additionally, your jurisdiction will contact you regarding the status of your application for registration.

Other ballot request methods

Ballot request by letter

If you are currently registered, you may submit a letter to your local election office to request a ballot. The letter should identify you as an absent uniformed services voter or overseas voter and include your birth date and signature.

Ballot request by proxy

A person who holds a power of attorney from an absent Uniformed Service member may apply on behalf of the Uniformed Service member for an absentee ballot to be sent to the voter for that election. The applicant shall provide a copy of the power of attorney authorizing the request for an absentee ballot along with the application.

Late registration

You may register up to and including Election Day.

Voting your ballot

Voted ballots that are returned to the local election office through the mail (except Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots) must be sent to the local election office so that they are received by 8 pm on Election Day.

Voted ballots that are returned to the local election office electronically (except Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots) must be sent to the local election office by 8 pm on Election Day and be received by the local election office by 5 pm on the day after the election. (All times local to Montana).

No witness or notary is required on voted ballots.

You may return the voted ballot by mail, email or fax. Use FPCA email or fax instructions under "How and Where to Submit Your FPCA."

Overseas Uniformed Service members should request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DOD applied to their ballot materials at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). This label provides free express mail service to your local election official for voted ballots mailed on or before the general election date. You retain a portion of the label for tracking your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service.

Tracking your ballot

You may track the status of your ballot at www.sos.mt.gov/Elections/.

Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

Montana allows you to use the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for registration and voting in primary, special and general elections for Federal, State and local offices and non-candidate ballot issues. Feel free to use the FWAB to vote any time before an election.

Complete the following blocks of the FWAB's voter declaration/affirmation

Block 1

Montana allows you to use this form for registration.

Block 2

Select the category that describes you.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle).

Block 4

Date of birth.

Enter your valid Montana Driver's License number. If you do not have a Montana Driver's License, enter the last four digits of your Social Security Number. If you have never been issued either of these identification numbers, the State shall assign a number that will serve to identify you for voter registration purposes.

Block 5

Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

Not required.

Block 7

Complete street address of your Montana voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the county where you claim legal voting residence.

Block 8

Enter your current mailing address.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this ballot or application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

Vote your FWAB

Vote for any Federal, State or local office in a general, special or primary election. To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote for State and Federal elections, go to www.sos.mt.gov/Elections. For each office for which you vote, write in either a candidate's name or a political party designation. Once the ballot is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope.

How and where to submit your FWAB

If you are using the FWAB simultaneously as a registration form and voted ballot, it must be received by the local election official by Election Day.

If you are using the FWAB as a voted ballot only, it must be sent by 8 pm on Election Day and received by the local election office by 3 pm on the Monday after Election Day. If you receive the State ballot after submitting the voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State ballot. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the State ballot will be counted.

If you choose to mail your FWAB, insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/ Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail the ballot directly to your local election office. Addresses can be found below.

If you choose to email your FWAB, you should send it as a signed, scanned attachment. Include ballot, voter affirmation, and cover sheet with signed secrecy waiver. Email directly to your local election office. Email addresses can be found at the bottom of this form.

If you choose to fax your FWAB, fax it directly to your local election official. Fax numbers can be found at the bottom of this form. Include ballot, voter affirmation, and cover sheet with signed secrecy waiver. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FWAB toll - free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

Local election offices for county

If you cannot find information for your jurisdiction, please click on the LEO Search to find contact information.

County Mailing Address
Beaverhead Beaverhead County Election Administrator
2 South Pacific Street, #3
Dillon, MT 59725-2799
Phone: 406-683-3720 Fax: 406-683-3781
Big Horn Big Horn County Election Administrator
PO Box 908
Hardin, MT 59034-0908
Phone: 406-665-9796 Fax: 406-665-9824
Blaine Blaine County Election Administrator
Box 278
Chinook, MT 59523-0278
Phone: 406-357-3240 Fax: 406-357-2199
Broadwater Broadwater County Election Administrator
515 Broadway Street
Townsend, MT 59644-2397
Phone: 406-266-9215 Fax: 406-266-3674
Carbon Carbon County Election Administrator
Box 887
Red Lodge, MT 59068-0887
Phone: 406-446-1220 Fax: 406-446-2640
Carter Carter County Election Administrator
Box 315
Ekalaka, MT 59324-0315
Phone: 406-775-8749 Fax: 406-775-8750
Cascade Cascade County Election Administrator
Box 2305
Great Falls, MT 59403-2305
Phone: 406-454-6803 Fax: 406-454-6725
Chouteau Chouteau County Election Administrator
Box 459
Fort Benton, MT 59442-0459
Phone: 406-622-5151 Fax: 406-622-3012
Custer Custer County Election Administrator
1010 Main
Miles City, MT 59301-3496
Phone: 406-874-3343 Fax: 406-874-3452
Daniels Daniels County Election Administrator
Box 247
Scobey, MT 59263-0247
Phone: 406-487-5561 Fax: 406-487-5583
Dawson Dawson County Election Administrator
207 West Bell
Glendive, MT 59330-1616
Phone: 406-377-3058 Fax: 406-377-1717
Deer Lodge Deer Lodge County Election Administrator
800 Main
Anaconda, MT 59711-2950
Phone: 406-563-4060 Fax: 406-563-4001
Fallon Fallon County Election Administrator
Box 846
Baker, MT 59313-0846
Phone: 406-778-7106 Fax: 406-778-2048
Fergus Fergus County Election Administrator
712 West Main
Lewistown, MT 59457-2562
Phone: 406-535-5242 Fax: 406-535-9023
Flathead Flathead County Election Administrator
800 South Main
Kalispell, MT 59901-5435
Phone: 406-758-2453 Fax: 406-758-5877
Gallatin Gallatin County Election Administrator
311 West Main, Room 210
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: 406-582-3060 Fax: 406-582-3068
Garfield Garfield County Election Administrator
Box 7
Jordan, MT 59337-0007
Phone: 406-557-2760 Fax: 406-557-2765
Glacier Glacier County Election Administrator
512 East Main
Cut Bank, MT 59427-3075
Phone: 406-873-3609 Fax: 406-873-3613
Golden Valley Golden Valley County Election Administrator
PO Box 10
Ryegate, MT 59074-0010
Phone: 406-568-2231 Fax: 406-568-2428
Granite Granite County Election Administrator
Box 925
Philipsburg, MT 59858-0925
Phone: 406-859-3771 Fax: 406-859-3817
Hill Hill County Election Administrator
315 4th Street
Havre, MT 59501-3923
Phone: 406-265-5481 Fax: 406-265-2445
Jefferson Jefferson County Election Administrator
Box H
Boulder, MT 59632-0249
Phone: 406-225-4020 Fax: 406-225-4149
Judith Basin Judith Basin County Election Administrator
Box 427
Stanford, MT 59479-0427
Phone: 406-566-2277 Fax: 406-566-2211
Lake Lake County Election Administrator
106 4th Avenue East
Polson, MT 59860-2125
Phone: 406-883-7268 Fax: 406-883-7230
Lewis and Clark Lewis and Clark County Election Administrator
316 N. Park Ave., Rm. 168
Helena, MT 59623-0001
Phone: 406-447-8338 Fax: 406-457-8598
Liberty Liberty County Election Administrator
Box 459
Chester, MT 59522-0459
Phone: 406-759-5365 Fax: 406-759-5395
Lincoln Lincoln County Election Administrator
512 California Avenue
Libby, MT 59923-1942
Phone: 406-283-2300 Fax: 406-293-8577
Madison Madison County Election Administrator
Box 366
Virginia City, MT 59755-0366
Phone: 406-843-4270 Fax: 406-843-5264
McCone McCone County Election Administrator
Box 199
Circle, MT 59215-0199
Phone: 406-485-3505 Fax: 406-485-2689
Meagher Meagher County Election Administrator
Box 309
White Sulphur Springs, MT 59645-0309
Phone: 406-547-3612 Fax: 406-547-3388
Mineral Mineral County Election Administrator
Box 550
Superior, MT 59872-0550
Phone: 406-822-3520 Fax: 406-822-3579
Missoula Missoula County Election Administrator
200 W Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802-4216
Phone: 406-258-4751 Fax: 406-258-3913
Musselshell Musselshell County Election Administrator
506 Main
Roundup, MT 59072-2426
Phone: 406-323-1104 Fax: 406-323-3303
Park Park County Election Administrator
414 East Callendar St.
Livingston, MT 59047-2746
Phone: 406-222-4110 Fax: 406-222-4193
Petroleum Petroleum County Election Administrator
Box 226
Winnett, MT 59087-0226
Phone: 406-429-5311 Fax: 406-429-6328
Phillips Phillips County Election Administrator
Box 360
Malta, MT 59538-0360
Phone: 406-654-2423 Fax: 406-654-2429
Pondera Pondera County Election Administrator
20 4th Avenue SW
Conrad, MT 59425-2383
Phone: 406-271-4000 Fax: 406-271-4070
Powder River Powder River County Election Administrator
Box 200
Broadus, MT 59317-0270
Phone: 406-436-2361 Fax: 406-436-2151
Powell Powell County Election Administrator
409 Missouri Avenue, Suite 203
Deer Lodge, MT 59722-1078
Phone: 406-846-9786 Fax: 406-846-3891
Prairie Prairie County Election Administrator
Box 125
Terry, MT 59349-0125
Phone: 406-635-5575 Fax: 406-635-5576
Ravalli Ravalli County Election Administrator
215 S 4th Street, Suite C
Hamilton, MT 59840-2703
Phone: 406-375-6550 Fax: 406-375-6554
Richland Richland County Election Administrator
201 West Main
Sidney, MT 59270-4087
Phone: 406-433-1708 Fax: 406-433-3731
Roosevelt Roosevelt County Election Administrator
400 2nd Avenue South
Wolf Point, MT 59201-1600
Phone: 406-653-6250 Fax: 406-653-6289
Rosebud Rosebud County Election Administrator
Box 47
Forsyth, MT 59327-0047
Phone: 406-346-7318 Fax: 406-346-7551
Sanders Sanders County Election Administrator
Box 519
Thompson Falls, MT 59873-0519
Phone: 406-827-6922 Fax: 406-827-6970
Sheridan Sheridan County Election Administrator
100 W. Laurel Avenue
Plentywood, MT 59254-1647
Phone: 406-765-3403 Fax: 406-765-2609
Silver Bow Silver Bow County Election Administrator
155 W Granite, Room 208
Butte, MT 59701-9256
Phone: 406-497-6342 Fax: 406-497-6328
Stillwater Stillwater County Election Administrator
Box 149
Columbus, MT 59019-0149
Phone: 406-322-8000 Fax: 406-322-8069
Sweet Grass Sweet Grass County Election Administrator
Box 888
Big Timber, MT 59011-0888
Phone: 406-932-5152 Fax: 406-932-3026
Teton Teton County Election Administrator
Box 610
Choteau, MT 59422-0610
Phone: 406-466-2693 Fax: 406-466-3244
Toole Toole County Election Administrator
226 1st Street South
Shelby, MT 59474-1990
Phone: 406-424-8300 Fax: 406-424-8301
Treasure Treasure County Election Administrator
Box 392
Hysham, MT 59038-0392
Phone: 406-342-5547 Fax: 406-342-5547
Valley Valley County Election Administrator
501 Court Square, Box 2
Glasgow, MT 59230-2405
Phone: 406-228-6226 Fax: 406-228-9027
Wheatland Wheatland County Election Administrator
Box 1903
Harlowton, MT 59036-1903
Phone: 406-632-4891 Fax: 406-632-4880
Wibaux Wibaux County Election Administrator
PO Box 199
Wibaux, MT 59353-0199
Phone: 406-796-2481 Fax: 406-796-2625
Yellowstone Yellowstone County Election Administrator
Box 35002
Billings, MT 59107-5002
Phone: 406-256-2740 Fax: 406-254-7940