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The Lewis and Clark County elections department administers federal, state, county, city and special district elections in Lewis and Clark County according to federal and state election laws. The Department also assists in elections for school districts. This department maintains the voter registration files for approximately 32,500 voters in 54 precincts. A calendar of elections is listed below.
To be eligible to vote in an election you must be registered 30 days prior to the election. Voter registration cards can be obtained from the elections office, drivers license bureau and the local area telephone books.
If you are a student going to college in another county you can choose to vote in your county of permanent residence, either by going to the polls or by absentee ballot, or you can register in the county where you are going to college and vote in that county. If you are an out of state student going to school in Montana, you may choose to become a resident of Montana if you have resided in Montana for at least 30 days and you can vote in the county where you are going to school or you may vote in your original state. However, you cannot vote in both states.
When voting at the polls, a current photo ID showing the elector's name; or a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, voter registration confirmation, government check or other government document showing the elector's name and current address must be presented.
Montana now allows for late registration. If it is under 30 days before an election and you wish to register and vote, this can now be done in the local election office up to and including election day. Please contact the local elections office at 447-8336 with any late registration questions you may have.
An inactive voter is someone who has not exercised their right to vote in a Federal Election (which is held every even numbered year). The election office mails cards out to these individuals asking them if they wish to re-activate their registration. They have not responded to those mailing and therefore have been placed on the inactive list. An inactive voter can cast a regular ballot in any Federal Election by appearing to vote or by voting an absentee ballot.
On election day in Lewis and Clark County approximately 350 election judge workers are on hand to assist our citizens with voting. They staff our 54 precincts. To be eligible to work on an election you must be a registered voter in Lewis and Clark County and attend training. If you are interested in becoming an election judge please contact the elections department at 406-447-8338 or E-mail
The November 6th, 2012 Presidential General Election will be a polling place election. Absentee voting for this election will open on October 9th, 2012. If you are registered as an annual absentee voter, your primary ballot will be mailed to you on October 9th. AutoMARK machines will be available in each polling place and in the County Elections office.
Below is the link to the sample ballot for this election. Only those races you are qualified to vote on will be reflected on the ballot you receive.
Lewis and Clark County
Treasurer/Clerk and Recorder
Marilyn Bracken, Elections Supervisor
CALENDAR OF ELECTIONS
Presidential Federal Primary
Presidential Federal General