How to Register to Vote
In Montana, you can register to vote up noon on the Monday before Election Day.
Begin the voter registration process online!
We can mail you a voter registration form along with a stamped & pre-addressed return envelope.
Not sure if you're registered at your current address?
The Montana Secretary of State allows you to check your registration status online.
You are eligible to vote if you are:
a U.S. citizen
at least 18 years old on Election Day
living in Montana for 30 days before the election*
not currently incarcerated for a felony
*Note to students: The state has different residency rules than the universities. You only need to be living here 30 days before the election in order to register & vote. You may only register & vote at one location, either your address at school or your address at home.
Voter Registration Deadlines
You can register to vote in-person at your County Elections office until noon on the Monday before Election Day.
Registering by Mail
If you are sending in a voter registration application by mail, remember that your application must be received 30 days prior to Election Day. Here are some upcoming elections and the associated deadlines for registering to vote by mail:
2022 Primary Election (Statewide Federal Election)
Mail Voter Registration Deadline: May 9th, 2022
In-person Registration Deadline: June 6th, 2022 at noon
2022 General Election (Statewide Federal Election)
Mail Voter Registration Deadline: October 10th, 2022
In-person Registration Deadline: November 7th, 2022 at noon
In-Person Voter Registration
When registering to vote in-person, you will be asked to complete the Montana Voter Registration Application. See what the form looks like here.
Blank registration forms will be provided at your in-person voter registration location. You may also print out the form yourself, fill it out at home, and drop it off at your in-person registration location.
If you are registering to vote in-person within 25 days of an election, you will likely be issued an absentee ballot at the same time as you complete your in-person voter registration. You may vote your ballot on the spot or take it home to fill out later.
Be prepared to provide proof of your identity when you register to vote. There are three options for this in Montana:
Option 1: Provide a Montana Driver's License number or Montana ID number.
Option 2: Provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
Option 3: Provide a copy of another form of identification. This can be a photo ID that shows your name or an acceptable ID that shows your name and current address (Tribal ID, paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement, student ID, or government document). Please note if you choose to use a student ID, you'll need to bring additional documentation.