Voter Rights

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A Voter's Bill of Rights

You have the right to ask for a new ballot if you damage your ballot or want to change your vote. Before the rejected ballot is deposited in the ballot box, ask an election judge to provide you with a new one.

You have the right to ask for help marking your ballot if you are unable to read or write for any reason.

You have the right vote at an accessible polling place. Ask your county election official to make sure you are assigned to one.

You have the right to vote from your vehicle if a disability prevents you from entering a polling place. A friend or relative may ask an election judge to bring your ballot to your car.

You have the right to have a ballot delivered to you if you are homebound or in a nursing home. Your county election official or a nursing home staffer can tell you how.

You have the right to vote using an absentee ballot, even if you are capable of voting in person on Election Day. You may request an absentee ballot from your county election official any time from 75 days preceding Election Day until noon the day before.

You have the right to vote even if you suddenly become ill or have some other health emergency on Election Day. Before noon on Election Day, ask your county election official or a hospital employee to provide you with an absentee ballot.

You have the right to a Voter Information Pamphlet printed in large type or recorded on tape if your vision is impaired. These are available at your local library.

You have the right to vote if you are serving overseas with the armed forces. See your installation voting officer for more information. Members of your family who are with you overseas and who are registered Montana voters may also vote.

Why Vote? by former Secretary of State, Bob Brown

"One of our most important rights as citizens of our state and nation is the right to vote for the people who make and uphold our laws. This right is the foundation on which our representative form of government is based.

Many people in the world do not share this right. It is a civic duty we should all feel privileged to perform.

If you think your single vote can't make a difference, think again! In 1776, one vote resulted in Americans speaking English instead of German. In 1939, one vote passed the Selective Service Act. In Montana, some local elections have been decided by a single vote.

Show your pride in your nation and your way of life. Register, get informed about the candidates and issues, then go to the polls on Election Day and vote!"

Report Voting Fraud

Upholding the integrity of the voting process is important to Missoula County and the State of Montana. If you find that the process is not “open, honest or fair,” please visit the Secretary of State’s page. Voting is inherent to every citizen and we wish to preserve and protect that right.