Montana Election Law

Related Information

Voter Registration

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
MethodIn person or by mail.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Deadline30 days before Election Day.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Same DayNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseNo excuse required.Counties authorized to conduct general election entirely by mail.No Legislative Activity
AutomaticNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Deadline12PM on the day before Election Day.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of Cycles1No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Absentee Ballot Return (other than by mail)

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Voter IDNot required.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
In PersonYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Drop BoxYes No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Return Deadline8PM on Election DayNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Ballot Harvesting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ProhibitedNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Limited 3rd PartyElection officials, caregivers, family members, household members, and acquaintances can deliver ballots.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Paid Political OperativesNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Early Voting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
By MailYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
In PersonYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voter Identification - Absentee Ballot

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Signature VerificationYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Witness StatementNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Other---
Cure ProcessYes; by 8PM on Election Day.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voter Identification - In Person

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Photo IDRequiredNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Other Options---
Provisional BallotsUsed for voters with active absentee ballots trying to vote in person, late registrants, voters without valid ID, and voters whose eligibility is challenged.No ChangeNo Legislative Activity

Voting Day

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Hours7AM-8PM with some local variations.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Wait TimeNo Legislation.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
ElectioneeringProhibited within 100 feet of polling places.No ChangeNo Legislative Activity
Other---

Voter Rolls

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Update FrequencyUpdated continuously.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Voter RemovalDeath, moving, felony conviction, or designation as inactive.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity