2020 Election: The "How To" Guide for the 2020 Primary

The June 2nd Primary is just around the corner. This year's election is a little different. To best protect public health, each of Montana's 56 counties is conducting an all-mail election. While you will receive a ballot at home, it's important to note that you can still register and vote in person.

#1 Check Your Status

The most important step to take right now is to check your status on the My Voter Page. Ensure both your voter registration and mailing addresses are current. The My Voter Page will also allow you to track your ballot - from where it is in the mail to whether it has been accepted or rejected by your county’s elections office. 

#2 Register to Vote 

If you need to register to vote, there is still time. You can complete your voter registration application online through the Secretary of State website and mail a printed copy to your county's elections office. For the primary, your mailed form must be received by 5 p.m. on May 26th. 

Beginning May 27, you must visit your county's designated location and  register to vote in person. A list of locations is available here.  Remember. Every eligible Montanan has the right to register to vote until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

#3 Voting By Mail

Ballots were mailed to Montanans on May 8th. If you haven’t received your ballot, check your status on the My Voter Page. At any point in this process, you can call your county’s Election Administrator for assistance. Click here for a county-by-county list of contact information. 

You will notice you receive multiple ballots. There is one per political party. Choose only one ballot to complete, and recycle or discard the rest. You do not need to return the unused forms to the elections office. 

After you fill in your chosen ballot, put it in the ballot secrecy envelope. Place the ballot secrecy envelope in the external envelope and sign where indicated. For the 2020 Primary, postage is already included, so you do not need to add a stamp to the envelope. 

Your ballot must be received by your county elections office by 8 p.m. on June 2nd. Make sure to allow sufficient time for mail delivery. If you have not placed your ballot in the mail by May 26th, you should consider dropping your ballot off at your elections office. 

#4 Voting In Person

Protecting the health and safety of Montanans is incredibly important. If voting or registering by mail is available to you, we encourage you to do so. However, we also understand that in-person services are vital for many voters. 

Keep in mind that traditional polling places will not be open for the 2020 Primary. If you need in-person services, you must visit your county elections office. You can find those locations here

Elections offices will be open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. on June 2nd. If you are in line by 8 p.m. on Election Day, you are still able to vote. 

#5 Voting At A Satellite Office

Every eligible Montanan should be able to easily participate in our democracy. For voters in Indian Country, lack of mail delivery and long distances to county elections offices create barriers to the ballot. Satellite offices provide an opportunity for Indigenous community members to vote on the reservation. 

For the 2020 Primary, three satellite offices will be available, and voters can drop off their ballots anytime they are open. Though some tribes decided to not move forward with polling places on the reservation for the Primary, we do anticipate additional satellite offices to be open during November’s General Election. 

Big Horn County

Little Big Horn College Cultural Center 
8645 South Weaver Drive
Crow Agency, MT 59022

Every Wednesday & Thursday until May 28: May 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
Hours: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Blaine County

Fort Belknap Insurance
281 Chippewa Avenue
Harlem, Montana 59526

Every Wednesday & Thursday until May 28: May 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
Hours: 10am-5pm

Glacier County

Browning Satellite Office
12 Starr School Road 
Browning, MT 59417

Monday - Friday until June 2
Hours: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 
 
**Due to COVID-19, the Browning office is currently closed to the public. Voters may call 406-873-8560  in advance to schedule an appointment for services.**