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We Can Vote is a nonpartisan resource center that provides regularly updated information and opportunities for each of us to do our part in making the 2020 elections safe, secure, and successful.

Election officials are doing their best to respond to COVID-19, and while the pandemic has disrupted many aspects of civic life, one thing is certain: America will hold elections this November. Together, we can help make sure every eligible voter is able to safely register, vote, and have their voices heard.

Montana: Latest Election & Voting Updates

Last updated Thursday, May 28, 2020 12:47 PM ET

Important News

  • May 27, 2020 Absentee Ballot Deadline Remains June 2

    The Montana Supreme Court has ruled that the deadline for absentee ballots to be received at the election office should remain 8:00 p.m. on primary Election Day, June 2. This ruling overturns a lower court's decision to move the deadline. The lower court's ruling that will allow one person to drop off absentee ballots for an unlimited number of people remains in effect.

  • April 6, 2020 Every Montana County Opts for Mail Voting in June Primary

    All 56 counties in Montana have indicated they will use mail voting for the June 2 primary. Most ballots will start being mailed to registered voters on May 8.

  • March 25, 2020 Official Update Governor Issues Order Allowing All-Mail Primary Elections

    Governor Steve Bullock issued a directive that provides additional time for school districts to submit plans to hold all-mail elections, permits counties to expand access to mail voting procedures and early voting, and requires additional measures to ensure appropriate social distancing and make voting and voter registration safer, including an extension of the voter registration period to 10 days before the end of the election. It encourages counties to create a presumption of voting by mail and to explore drive-up options for voting, registration, and other voter services. 

  • March 9, 2020 CDC Recommendations for Election Polling Locations
  1. Friday, May 8, 2020

    Primary Election Ballots Mailed

    Ballots for the June 2 primary election were mailed to all registered voters. Postage will not be required to return the ballot by mail.

  2. Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    Primary Election Regular Voter Registration Deadline

    Registration forms postmarked by May 26 and received within three days are accepted for regular registration. Voters can late register for most elections at the county election office or the designated location after this deadline.

  3. Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    Primary Election Day

    All counties have opted to conduct the primary election by mail, but every county will have some location to assist voters in-person. Absentee ballots must be received by the election office by 8:00 p.m. on June 2.

  4. Monday, October 5, 2020

    General Election Regular Voter Registration Deadline

    Registration forms postmarked by October 5 and received within three days are accepted for regular registration. Voters can late register for most elections at the county election office or the designated location after this deadline.

  5. Monday, November 2, 2020

    General Election Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

    Applications for absentee ballots must be received by election administrators by noon on November 2. Absentee ballots are issued to registrants up until noon on the day before election day. Late registrants who submit a registration form after noon must return to the election office on election day to receive an absentee ballot.

  6. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Election Day

    Most polling locations are open for in-person voting from 7am to 8pm.

vote absentee icon. How to vote absentee in Montana

Montana allows all registered voters to vote absentee for any reason.

Take Action to Support Safe & Secure Elections in Montana

Below are some practical, positive actions you can take to help voters prepare for the 2020 election and cast their ballots in the way that’s best and healthiest for them.

(Read our guidelines for what we include.)

Information about voting is based on:

  • Official policy announcements on government websites
  • News stories citing verified statements from government officials

Information about actions people can take will be:

  • Non-partisan 
  • Positive and practical
  • Community-based and supported by trusted partners and networks

Policy information will focus on:

  • Proactive steps officials are taking to hold elections
  • How community groups, individuals and businesses are supporting elections
  • Public education efforts around voting
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    Montana has not shared an official plan for holding safe elections in November. Send a letter to Governor Bullock and demand that they share their plan.


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    Election officials will need more volunteers this year to help run elections while protecting public health. Sign up to be a volunteer in your community and support hard working election officials.


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We Can Vote is calling on all states and voting territories to develop clear election plans that protect our democracy while also preserving public health. Policymakers, and election administrators can act decisively to do the following:


  • Provide mail ballot options to all eligible voters, including the ability to request ballots online in a secure and equitable manner;
  • Preserve in-person voting options in November that:
    • Ensure sufficient hours and locations to prevent long lines or large crowds
    • Ensure enough in-person options on tribal lands and in other locations with limited mail access
    • Use best practices from public health officials to have healthy polling sites
  • Engage with major employers, colleges, and media so that any shifts in election administration serve voters in local communities, and so local communities can assist by volunteering to help by being poll workers for America's largest civic event;
  • Create rules and protocols through administrative and legislative action so that all eligible Americans can vote in November's election.

These simple steps can help ensure that eligible voters can access their ballots while minimizing the risks of this virus. These steps will allow communities to come together and support hard-working election officials who ensure that America's democracy is healthy and strong.