What should I do if I am not sure that my absentee ballot will reach me or that my voted ballot will reach the election administrator on time?
The Missoula County Elections Office provides a ballot tracking system that shows the mailed date, received date, and processing status for each voter's ballot. If you think your ballot might not be received by mail on Election Day, you can also drop it off at the Missoula County Election Center at the Fairgrounds (Building #15) or at the Missoula County Courthouse at 200 West Broadway.
How does absentee voting work?
Absentee voting is when voters receive their ballots by mail. Individuals must complete the Application for Absentee Ballot in order to receive their voting packet via mail. Voters absent from the polls on Election Day because they are out of town, are ill, or simply prefer the convenience, can still cast their vote with an absentee ballot. Absentee voting is sometimes referred to as "voting by mail" since it allows the individual to cast their ballot from home.
I updated my voter registration at the driver's license center, do I still need to register to vote?
Voter registration information the driver's license center collects can take two to three weeks to reach the Elections Office. It is best to wait that time period and then visit the My Voter Page to verify if the driver's license center submitted the most recent information. If it is near Election Day and the My Voter Page does not reflect your new information, please visit our Voter Registration page to learn how to register through our office.
I recently changed my name, do I need to re-register?
In order to verify voter eligibility, our office requires current voter information. Please visit our Voter Registration page to learn how to submit your voter registration information to our office. See the next FAQ if you recently registered to vote at your local driver's license center.
I moved within the last year, do I need to re-register?
Yes! If you moved within Missoula County you need to re-register by mail or at our office. Please visit our Voter Registration page to re-register. If you moved to a different county, you need to register within your new county of residence. Visit the Secretary of State's website to see a complete list of Montana election offices.
What are the deadlines for the close of regular registration for elections?
Regular registration closes 30 days before any election. Late registration begins the next day, and ends at the close of polls on Election Day (except from noon until 5:00 p.m. on the Monday before Election Day). Late registration occurs at the County Fairgrounds at the Fine Arts Building (Building #15).
What are the dates of the municipal primary and general elections?
A municipal primary election, if necessary, is held every odd-numbered year on the first Tuesday after the second Monday in September. A municipal general election is held every odd-numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
What are the dates of the federal primary and general elections?
A federal primary election is held every even-numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June. A federal general election is held every even-numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The presidential elections are combined with the congressional, statewide, state district, and county elections.