316 N Park Ave, Rm 168, Helena, MT 59623 | Ph: 406-447-8339 | elections(at)lccountymt.gov
COVID-19 Voting Information
May 28, 2020 Update
The upcoming June 2, 2020 Presidential Primary Election will be conducted by mail ballot. This means no polling places will be open on election day.
Voted ballots must be received at the elections office by 8pm on Election Day, June 2. Postmarks are not accepted. It is recommended you return your ballot in person to the elections office located at 316 N Park Ave. We are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm and on Election Day, June 2, from 7am to 8pm.
If you did not receive a ballot or need a new ballot, go to the county elections office in the City-County Building at 316 N Park Ave. We are open from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. On Monday, June 1, we are required to close registration from 12noon to 5pm. On Election Day, June 2, we reopen registration and can provide ballots between 7am and 8pm.
Please contact our office with any voting questions:
In-Person/By Mail: LC County Elections, 316 N Park Ave, Rm 168, Helena, MT 59623
Find answers to common elections and voting questions:
What is on the next ballot?
May 5, 2020 - School and Other Local Elections
Schools and other local jurisdictions such as fire or water/sewer districts are governed by an elected board. The elections for these positions are held in May of every year. Candidates may file starting in December.
If you are interested in more information about what these board members do, we recommend you contact the local board directly. If you are having trouble finding contact information for a local board in your area, please contact our office and we can assist you.
June 2, 2020 - Presidential Primary Election
At the Primary election, we will be nominating candidates for County, State, and Federal offices. The winners from each political party's primary election move onto the General Election Ballot in November. For nonpartisan offices, the top two candidates move onto the General Election Ballot. Precinct Committee People may also be elected at the Primary election.
Montana has an "Open Primary" system, which means you get to choose which party primary you vote in, without having to register with a political party. We will provide you with each party's primary election ballot, and you pick one to vote. Note that you can only vote in one party's primary. If you vote more than one primary ballot, your ballots will be rejected.
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?
Upcoming elections will be conducted by mail ballot.
For the June 2, 2020 Presidential Primary Election:
- Active registered voters will be mailed a ballot on May 8.
- No polling places will be open on election day.
- In-person, socially-distanced voting is available at the county elections office starting May 4; however, citizens are encouraged to vote from home by mail.
- Postage will be pre-paid for returning ballots by mail.
- A drive-up ballot drop-off will be located at the City-County building, 316 N Park Ave, M-F from 8am to 5pm and on Election Day from 7am to 8pm.
- The deadline to submit new registrations and updates to existing registrations by email, fax, or mail is extended to May 26.
- After the May 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 June, 2 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 April 20 for May 5 School and Special Purpose District elections - ballots where you elect members of the school board, fire district board, water/sewer district, and vote on school levies. Not all voters live in a district having a May 5 election.
On May 8, we will mail ballots to voters for the June 2 Presidential Primary election. In our "Open Primary" election, you choose one party ballot to vote. The candidates nominated in each party's primary move onto the General election ballot this fall.
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 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 hold an 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
|2020||School and Special District Elections||May 5th|
|2020||Federal Primary||June 2nd|
|2020||Federal General||November 3rd|
|2021||School and Special District Elections||May 4th|
|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|
|2021||Municipal General||November 2nd|
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.