With the election coming close, many already decided citizens are just waiting for their opportunity to vote. Fortunately, 40 states (plus District of Columbia) allow some form of voting before the election on November 3rd.

Each state has its own rules, deadlines and terminology for voting before the general election. Some call it "early voting" or "in-person absentee". Others are mailing out ballots in advance which you can mail back or drop off in secure boxes or at county offices. Some states conclude early voting several days before the election.

This site attempts to make finding the details for your state's early voting rules convenient and accurate. Get your vote in early and relax.

Early voting has started in Montana!

You have until November 2, 2020 to vote before election day.

Can you early vote in person?

Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot.

Absentee ballots for federal/state elections are mailed to eligible voters 25 days before election day.

To vote absentee:

  • Fill out an Application for Absentee Ballot.
  • An application may be mailed, or dropped off at the county election office.
  • Applications must be received by the county election office by noon the day before the election. If you drop off the application you will be able to pick up the absentee ballot at the same time.
  • An absentee voting packet will be mailed to the address you indicated on your application, or you can pick up the packet at the county election office at the time you apply for the absentee ballot, if ballots are available at that time.
  • After voting the absentee ballot, return in the envelope(s) provided. READ INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDED WITH THE PACKET CAREFULLY. You can also view or print federal/state election absentee voting instructions.
  • Be sure to sign the affirmation on the return envelope before sending back or dropping off. Note: The person to whom the ballot was issued must be the person signing the return envelope.
  • Absentee ballots must be received at the election office or polling place by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Can you early vote by mail?

  • 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.

What about on election day?

ID requirements

Montana voters must provide their Montana driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of their social security number with their voter registration application. Voters must also physically show a valid document with their name and address, such as their driver's license, bank statement, or utility bill.

How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

To register in Montana you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • be a resident of Montana and of the county in which you want to vote for at least 30 days before the next election
  • not be in a penal institution for a felony conviction
  • not currently be determined by a court to be of unsound mind
  • meet these qualifications by the next Election Day if you do not currently meet them

Can I register online?

Unfortunately online registration is not possible in Montana.