The Montana Ballot Interference Prevention Act (BIPA)

You may return a ballot for yourself, your family member, your household member, an acquaintance, or someone that you are a caregiver for. If you return another person's ballot, be sure to submit a Ballot Collection Registry Form.

More Information on BIPA

LR 129 - The Montana Ballot Interference Prevention Act

In 2018 LR 129, the Montana Ballot Interference Prevention Act (BIPA), was passed by 63% of the vote.


Effective for elections beginning in 2019, you may only return a voted ballot for:

  • Yourself
  • Your family member
  • Your household member
  • Your acquaintance (someone you know)
  • Someone that you are a caregiver for


At any given election, you may return up to six (6) ballots, not including your own.


When you return a ballot for someone other than yourself, you must complete a Ballot Collection Registry Form. You can fill out the form ahead of time and bring it with you when you drop off ballots, or you can ask for the form when you drop off ballots.


Violations are punishable by a fine of $500 for each ballot unlawfully collected. Election officials and postal workers are exempt from BIPA regulations.


This law is enforced by the Commissioner of Political Practices. For more information, visit their website at https://politicalpractices.mt.gov/Featured-Online-Services/Montana-Ballot-Interference-Prevention-Act.

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