Election Day is November 8, 2022

Register to Vote

Download a voter registration form from the Montana Secretary of State's office.


Apply for Absentee

Registered Montana voters may vote by absentee ballot. Download an application.

Check Your Voter Status

Find out if you're registered to vote, the location of your local election office and more.

Key Dates for the General Election

  • October 11 – Regular voter registration closes at 5 p.m.
  • October 12 – Late voter registration opens at 8 a.m.
  • October 14 – Absentee ballots mailed
  • November 7 – Late voter registration ends at noon.
  • November 8 – Election Day. Vote in person at the polls or drop off ballots at the county elections office, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voter Registration

Regular voter registration closes 30 days before the election. However, you can submit a late voter registration application at the county election office or a designated location until noon on the day before the election.

To register, you will need to fill out the voter registration application. That includes providing:

For more information about voting, call your local election office or call the Montana Secretary of State’s toll-free voter hotline: 1–888–884-VOTE (8683).

Absentee ballots

According to the Montana Secretary of State, any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. Ballots for federal/state elections are mailed to eligible voters 25 days before Election Day.

Absentee ballot applications must be submitted to the county election office by noon on the day before Election Day. They can be mailed or dropped off in person. If you drop it off in person, you'll be able to pickup your absentee ballot at the same time, if ballots are available at that time.

Absentee ballots must be returned following the instructions included with them and must be received at the county election office by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

For more information about voting, call your local election office or call the Montana Secretary of State’s toll-free voter hotline: 1-888-884-VOTE (8683).

Where Do I Vote?

College students from another Montana county may choose to vote in their home county by absentee ballot or register to vote in the county where they are attending college. 

College students from another state may choose to become a resident of Montana if they have resided in the state for at least 30 days and vote in the county where they are going to school or they may register and vote in their home state. You must choose one or the other. You cannot vote in both.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I am a non-resident student can I register to vote in Montana?

Yes! The 30-day residency requirement for registering to vote in Montana refers to living in the state of Montana for 30 days, so if you have been on campus for 30 days prior to the election you meet that requirement.

Do I have to give up my registration at my previous resident to register to vote on campus?

Yes, you can only be registered to vote in one location and should try and confirm you are taken off the voter roles if you reregister and were previously registered in a different jurisdiction.

Voting Tips and Useful Links

Request absentee ballots early

If you will not cast a ballot in Gallatin County, you must request an absentee ballot either from your Montana county's election office or from the election office in your home county in whatever state you hail from. Don't delay!


Register to vote in another state

If you will vote in another state’s election, you can register through vote.gov.

Mail in your ballots early

If you mail in your ballot, whether for Gallatin County, another county in Montana, or to another state, be sure to send it early to ensure it will arrive on time.