Healthy Voting in Montana

For the November 3, 2020 general election in Montana

  • All voters must be registered to cast a ballot.
  • All voters can vote by mail.

  • Some counties have secure ballot drop boxes.

  • Early voting (in-person absentee voting) is available at your local clerk's office.

  • On Election Day, at least one voting center will be open in each county.

  • All voters are asked to show identification.

  • Same-day registration is available at all Election Day voting locations.

Healthy Voting tips

Voting by mail is a healthy option because it lets you maintain physical distance and helps reduce crowding at in-person voting centers.

If you go out to vote - whether to drop off a ballot or vote in person - follow these common-sense precautions:

  • Wear a mask or other face covering.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

If you are sick or concerned that you have been exposed to the coronavirus, seek medical care. If you don’t have an absentee ballot, contact your local election office for guidance about your voting options.


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Voting by mail is a healthy option because you vote at home. If you go out at all, it's only to mail or drop off your ballot.

Voting by mail is also called absentee voting in Montana.

Deadline to return your ballot
Election Day, November 3 by 8:00 pm. All ballots must be delivered to the elections office by this time. Postmarks don't count!

Postage is pre-paid, so you don’t need a stamp.

You can track your ballot online.

How to get your ballot

In some counties, all registered voters will be mailed a ballot. In other counties, voters can request an absentee ballot.

The deadline to request a ballot is November 2, 2020.

The U.S. Postal Service recommends requesting a ballot as soon as possible, no later than October 19.

You can:

Remember:

  • You must sign the form in ink.

How to return your ballot

Drop it off in person:

  • At your elections office.
  • At a secure ballot drop-off location.
  • At a polling place on Election Day.

Mail it:

  • Put it in your own mailbox for the mail carrier to collect.
  • Put it in a Post Office blue mailbox.
  • Take it to a post office.

Make sure your ballot counts! Remember...


  • Be sure to sign the declaration on the return envelope.

  • Seal inner and outer envelopes.

  • Closely follow all instructions to ensure your ballot is counted.

  • Return your ballot promptly. Postmarks don't count! 

Healthy tips for voting by mail in Montana

  • If you return your ballot at a mailbox or drop box, wash your hands afterwards for 20 seconds.
  • If you go out to drop off your ballot, practice physical distancing and wear a mask or other face covering to protect yourself and others.
More tips for healthy voting by mail

Early voting is voting in person before Election Day, which is usually less crowded than going on Election Day itself. Early voting methods vary, so check the options available in your area.

Early voting is also called in-person absentee voting in Montana.

October 5 through November 2, elections offices and other designated locations are open for in-person absentee voting.

  • Early voting hours can vary. Check with your local elections office.
  • Same-day registration is available at all early voting locations.

Healthy tips for early voting in Montana

  • Follow instructions for healthy voting at your early voting location.
  • Wear a mask or other face covering, and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Wash with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol before and after voting.
  • If you can, go when the early voting center will not be as busy, usually mid-morning or early-afternoon.
More tips for healthy voting in person

When you vote in person on Election Day, you go to a voting center to mark and cast your ballot in person. Voting centers also have accessible voting systems and language access options.

Polling places open between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon and close at 8:00 pm. 
In counties mailing ballots to all voters, limited polling locations or elections offices will be open.

  • Find a location near you at your elections website.
  • All voters are asked to show identification.
  • You can drop off your ballot at all Election Day voting locations.
  • Same-day registration is available at all Election Day voting locations.

Healthy tips for voting in person on Election Day in Montana

  • Follow instructions for healthy voting at your in-person voting location.
  • Wear a mask or other face covering, and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you can, go when the voting center will not be as busy, usually mid-morning or early-afternoon.
More tips for healthy voting in person

How to find your accessible options for the November 3, 2020 general election in Montana.

The best way to learn exactly what options are available to you is at your state and local elections office.


Accessible voting by mail in Montana

If you can mark, verify and cast a paper mail-in ballot privately and independently, voting by mail is a healthy option, especially if you can use a drop-off location to return your ballot.

For the November 3, 2020 general election in Montana:

  • In some counties, all registered voters will be mailed a ballot. In other counties, voters can request an absentee ballot.
  • Postage is pre-paid, so you don’t need a stamp.
  • You can track your ballot online.

Accessible tools for voting by mail

Montana has an accessible vote-by-mail program, Electronic Ballot Request System, that allows voters with disabilities to receive and mark a mail-in ballot electronically. You may have to request access to the program. To use accessible tools for voting by mail, typically you:

  • Download an electronic ballot
  • Mark the ballot on your personal computer, with your own assistive technology
  • Print the ballot and voter’s signature form
  • Sign the form, and seal the ballot in an envelope
  • Return it by mail or in-person

Be sure to check with your local elections office for information about how to use the accessible voting by mail program and information about additional options for dropping off your ballot.

Accessible voting in person

For the November 3, 2020 general election in Montana:

    Federal law requires that every in-person voting location has at least 1 accessible voting system. Look for information about how to use the accessible voting systems on the state accessibility information page or contact your local elections office.

    Based on changing public health guidance and state policy, voting locations may change before the election or several polling places may be consolidated into one larger location. Check your local election website for up to date information about voting locations and opening hours.

    If you have a choice of when to vote, in-person voting locations are usually less crowded mid-morning or early afternoon.

    Voters with disabilities may be able to use an accessible voting system at the elections office before Election Day.

    Other accessible voting options

    Ask your local elections office about whether these accessible voting options are available:

    • Ballot delivery to your home or a “ride to the polls” program.
    • Curbside or drive-up voting, so you don’t have to get out of your car.
    • Election and voting information in large print, audio, or Braille versions.
    • Any requirements to have someone assist you in marking and casting your ballot.

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