2020 Election: What to Expect on Election Day

Every eligible voter in Montana has the right to register to vote and cast a ballot on Election Day. Both of these actions are critically important to ensuring you have a voice in the conversations that shape the future of Big Sky Country.

In order to protect both public health and access to democracy during the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 Primary will be conducted via mail. However, you can still register to vote and cast your ballot in-person. 

The Most Important Information

If you are in line by 8 p.m. on Election Day, you have the right to register to vote and cast your ballot. We do encourage you to arrive earlier, if you are able.

Getting Ready to Vote

In-person voting begins at 7 a.m. on Primary Day - June 2nd. For the 2020 Primary, traditional polling places will be closed. All in-person services will be provided at your county’s elections office. Click here for a county-by-county list. 

What Should I Bring?

You will need identification. You can use either your Montana drivers license, state ID card, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. You can also use your tribal ID. 

If you do not have these forms of ID, you can also use a photo ID that shows your name or an ID that shows your name and current address (paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement, or government document). 

What Will Happen?

Some elections offices will have separate lines for voter registration and ballot services. If you need to register to vote, it’s a good idea to clarify if you’re in the correct line. 

Elections office staff will assist you and provide your voter registration form and ballot. They will explain what you need to do to register or cast your ballot. Do not hesitate to ask for clarification or assistance. 

Lines on Election Day can be long. If that is the case, we urge you to be patient and stay in line. 

Remember. If you are in line by 8 p.m., you have the right to register and vote!

If you experience any issues with casting your ballot on election day, call 406-298-3939.