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About Early Voting For Registered Voters

Early voting is essentially another term for requesting an absentee ballot before Election Day. Since 1999, Montanans can request an absentee ballot without an excuse. Do note, while you can cast your vote early, results are not tabulated and released until Election Day.


To vote early, submit an application for absentee ballot to your local election office. On the form you have the option of signing up to always have your ballots mailed to you before an election, or to request an early ballot for a specific upcoming election only.


Are you signed up to have ballots automatically mailed to you? For federal elections, ballots are mailed 25 days prior to Election Day. The deadline to request an early ballot is always 12:00 noon the day before the election. The ballot in the mail is your dedicated ballot. If Election Day is growing near and you still have not received your ballot, contact your local elections office. Voted ballots must be received (not postmarked) by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. 

Apply for an absentee ballot

Early Voting For New Voters Or Those With Changes

Voters with address changes or who are new to Montana can register before and on Election Day. Within 30 days of the election, this process is called "late registration" and must be done in-person at your local elections office. Visit our late registration page to learn more!

Late Registration