Your local election office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.
Montana vote by mail deadlines
Earliest day to apply: January 1, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (online): N/A
Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by November 2, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 2, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by November 3, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 3, 2020
Montana vote by mail rules
Most counties will send all regstered voters a mail-in ballot. Please contact you local election official to know if you need to apply for an absentee ballot or if your county will send you a mail-in ballot once you are registered.
If your county requires you to apply for an absentee ballot, Montana does not require an excuse to vote by mail.
Montana vote by mail ID requirements
You do not need ID when you request a ballot.
You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Montana vote by mail directions
In almost all cases, you will need to sign up to vote by mail. The state won’t just mail you a ballot. Don't worry: we will walk you through it. There are only a handful of steps:
You submit an application to vote by mail
Your Local Election Office processes your application
Your Local Election Office sends your ballot to you
You vote using the ballot and return it by the deadline
Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Two important things to note:
The Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license and on your voter registration form to make sure they match. So please sign carefully.
The post office will deliver your ballot even if you don’t have a stamp as long as you use the return envelope provided by your state. This envelope will say “official election mail.” The USPS will always deliver official election mail -- no stamp needed.