Including Student Information
+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
- Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day
- You may also register in person on or before Election Day at your county clerk’s office
- Primary Election Registration Deadline: May 7, 2018. Late registration available at your county election office.
- Primary Election: June 5, 2018
- General Election Registration Deadline: October 9, 2018. Late registration available at your county election office.
- General Election: November 6, 2018
+ Official Election Websites
- More election information at https://sos.mt.gov/elections
+ Register at School or Home
Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.
+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?
- Montana’s voter registration form asks for your Montana driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.
- If you do not have a Montana driver’s license, Montana ID card, or a Social Security number, you must include a copy of a photo ID that shows your name, or another acceptable ID that shows your name and current address (including a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement, or government document).
+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
Before you can cast a ballot in Montana, you must present a current photo ID (including a driver’s license, a student photo ID, or a tribal photo ID). If you do not have a valid current photo ID, you must present a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, notice of confirmation of voter registration, government check or other government document that shows your name and current address.
+ Where Do I Vote?
Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://app.mt.gov/voterinfo/
+ How Can I Vote?
- Any registered voter may vote absentee by filling out the application and mailing it or dropping it off at their county election office.
- Contact your local election officials to request an absentee ballot or access the application at: http://sos.mt.gov/elections/absentee
- Applications must be received by the county election office by noon on the day before the election.
- Registered voters may also elect to become a permanent absentee voter by joining the absentee list.
- Absentee ballots are available up to 25 days before Election Day, and the absentee ballots must be received at the election office by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
- As soon as absentee ballots are available, an individual can receive, mark and submit an absentee ballot in person at the election office
- Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. In polling places with fewer than 400 registered voters, the polls must be open from at least noon to 8 p.m. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.
+ Common Questions/Concerns
Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:
- Federal Financial Aid
- Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
- Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
- Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
- Tuition Status
- Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community
Will registering to vote in Montana affect my driver’s license or car registration?
- If you intend to drive in Montana for more than 60 days, you must get a Montana driver license within that period of time. For more information, contact the Motor Vehicle Division of the Montana Department of Justice. As a full-time student in Montana you may use your student ID to vote as long as it’s current and valid.
Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Montana legal professional.
Last updated June 2018