316 N Park Ave, Rm 168, Helena, MT 59623 | Ph: 406-447-8339 | elections(at)lccountymt.gov
COVID-19 Voting Information
September 21, 2020 Update
The November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election will be conducted by mail ballot with an in-person voting option available October 2, 2020 through Election Day, November 3, 2020. Registration and ballot request deadlines have also been extended.
Here's how it will look for voters:
Ballots will be mailed to active and provisionally registered voters starting October 9, 2020.
Return postage is prepaid. You do not need to add any postage to the return envelope if you return your ballot by mail.
We will continue to mail out ballots on a daily basis as new requests are processed. Within a week of the election, we recommend you appear in-person to request a ballot if you have not yet voted.
Registration and address updates can be emailed, faxed, or mailed in until October 26. After that date you would need to come in person to register and vote.
In-person voting is available October 2, 2020 through Election Day, November 3, 2020. At the in-person voting location you can:
Vote/Drop-off the ballot you received in the mail.
Request and vote a ballot.
Ballots should be returned by mail at least one week before Election Day. If you haven't put your ballot in the mail by then, you should drop it off in-person.
BEFORE Election Day, you can return your ballot in person at the City-County Building, 316 N Park Ave, Helena during business hours. A drive-thru will also be in operation during business hours.
ON Election Day, you can return your ballot in person at any of the following locations between 7am and 8pm:
City-County Building, 316 N Park Ave, Helena
East Helena City Hall, 306 E Main, East Helena
Lincoln Community Hall, 404 Main St, Lincoln
Augusta Youth/Senior Center, 132 Main St Lincoln
Wolf Creek School, 150 Walsh Wolf Creek
Within a week of the election, if you have not yet received your ballot in the mail, you should go in person to the county elections department during business hours to request and vote a ballot. The elections department is located in the City-County building at 316 N Park Ave, Helena, and is open Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm, and on Election Day, 11/03 from 7am-8pm.
Remember, you cannot go to a polling place on Election Day to vote. The only location where ballots will be issued is the county elections department.
We hope that voters will take advantage of the opportunity to vote through the mail and to vote early. This will reduce the number of people that need to vote in-person on Election Day, and will therefore reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to voters and election workers. For some voters, appearing in-person will be the best or only option. Our in-person operations will be socially distanced and operated according to public health guidelines. Your right to vote and your safety are important to us.
Here's what you can do to prepare:
Make sure your registration is up to date by visiting https://www.MyVoterPageMT.com.
Be a source of trusted election information in your community. Only share social media posts if you know they contain accurate information.
Direct voting questions to your local elections office or the Secretary of State's election office. Official sources of information include:
The Lewis and Clark County Elections webpage (https://www.lccountymt.gov/car/elections.html), and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LCCoElections);
The Montana Association of Clerk and Recorders and Election Administrators website (votinginmontana.com), and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/votinginmontana/); and
The Secretary of State's website (sosmt.gov/elections/).
Find answers to common elections and voting questions:
What is on the next ballot?
November 3, 2020 - Presidential General Election
At the General election, we will be electing more than the US President. Your ballot will also include elections for county, state, and federal offices, as well as ballot questions referred to the voters by the state legislature or initiated through a citizen petition process.
How do I vote in the next election?
The November 3, 2020 General Election will be conducted by mail ballot with an in-person voting option.
- To vote in the election, you must register to vote.
- Active registered voters will be mailed a ballot on October 9.
- No polling places will be open on election day. However; an in-person, socially-distanced voting location will be available at the county elections office starting October 2 through Election Day, November 3. Citizens are encouraged to vote from home by mail, or appear in person prior to November 3 in order to reduce in-person crowding.
- Postage will be pre-paid for returning ballots by mail.
- The deadline to submit new registrations and updates to existing registrations by email, fax, or mail is extended to October 26.
- After the October 26 deadline, new registrants must appear in person to register and vote. (Or, if disabled, their designated agent must appear in person.)
- Voted ballots are due by 8pm on November 3, 2020 election day.
Where do I vote?
During the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus pandemic, we recommend citizens vote from home.
We will mail ballots to voters on October 9 for the November 3 Presidential General election. Voted ballots must be received back at our office by 8pm on Election Day, November 3. We recommend mailing in your ballot at least one week before Election Day, or dropping your ballot off in person.
Our office will remain open for socially-distanced, in-person services. We are located on the first floor of the City-County building at 316 N Park Ave in downtown Helena.
If you do not receive a ballot in the mail, please call our office at 406-447-8339.
Where can I find more information about running as a candidate in an election?
Candidates for County, City, or Special Purpose District offices must file paperwork with the county elections department in order to appear on the ballot. Lists of offices to be elected this year are posted on our webpage for candidates. We can only accept candidate filing forms during certain time periods. When that time period is approaching, we will post additional information for candidates on the webpage for candidates, including candidate filing forms. Please note that while we may post some information regarding candidate qualifications on our website, it is your responsibility to determine whether or not you are eligible to run and hold the office.
If you would like more information on filing for State or Federal Offices, including legislative offices, you can find more information on the Secretary of State's webpage for candidates.
Candidates for school boards file with the school clerk. More information about running for school board can be found on the Office of Public Instruction's website or by contacting the clerk at your school district's business office.
Look up your voter registration information with My Voter Page
With www.MyVoterPageMT.com you can:
√ Confirm your voter registration information
√ Check your voter status
√ Track your absentee ballot in Federal Elections
√ Locate your polling place
√ View your Federal Primary or Federal General sample ballot
Upcoming Election Dates
Type of Election
Type of Election
|2020||School and Special District Elections||May 5th||Mail Ballot|
|2020||Federal Primary||June 2nd||Mail Ballot|
|2020||Federal General||November 3rd||Mail Ballot|
|2021||School and Special District Elections||May 4th||Mail Ballot|
|2021||Municipal Primary Note: this election is often cancelled. Contact the elections office to determine if this election will be held or not.||September 14th||Mail Ballot|
|2021||Municipal General||November 2nd||Mail Ballot|
About the Elections Department
One of five departments under County Treasurer/Clerk and Recorder Paulette DeHart, the Elections Department is responsible for administering all federal, state, county, and special purpose district elections in Lewis and Clark County according to federal and state election laws. Elections for school boards, bonds, and levies may be run by the Elections Department, or by the school district's school clerk.
As a part of administering these elections, the department maintains the voter registration files for the 45,000+ registered voters in Lewis and Clark County.
For more information about voting in Lewis and Clark County, visit our FAQs or Voter Information pages. If you can't find what you're looking for, call us at 406-447-8339, send an email to elections(at)lccountymt.gov, or stop by the office on the first floor of the City-County building in downtown Helena, 316 N Park Ave, Rm 168 in Helena.