316 N Park Ave, Rm 168, Helena, MT 59623 | Ph: 406-447-8339 | elections(at)lccountymt.gov
Find answers to common elections and voting questions:
What is on the next ballot?
May 7, 2019 Election Day - School and Special Purpose District Elections
School district and special purpose districts have elections for their governing boards every year in May.
Special purpose districts are created for a specific and limited purpose. For example, there may be a volunteer fire department in your area that is governed by a board of trustees, or you may live in a subdivision with its own water and/or sewer district overseen by a board of directors. School boards oversee and manage a public school district's affairs.
If there is no contest for an election (for example only one candidate files for the position), the election is canceled. Don't be alarmed if you don't get a ballot for your school or special purpose district.
September 10, 2019 and November 5, 2019 - City or Municipal Elections
City or "municipal" elections are held every odd-numbered year. These elections are for the governing body of the municipality and any other elected city officials, such as Mayor or City Judge.
A Primary Election may be held in September to narrow the field of candidates. Usually a Primary is not necessary, and there is only a Municipal General Election in November. All or part of the General election may also be canceled if there are no contests.
This year, the City of East Helena will be electing a Councilmember representing Ward 1 (south of Riggs Street) and a Councilmember representing Ward 2 (north of Riggs Street). The positions currently held by Kit Johnson and Mike Misowic are up for election this year. City Councilmembers serve 4-year terms.
The City of Helena will be electing two City Commissioners, a City Judge, and Neighborhood District Councils. City Commissioners and the City Judge serve 4-year terms. The Helena City Commission positions currently held by Kali Wicks and Ed Noonan are up for election this year. Neighborhood District Councilmembers serve 2-year terms. There are seven neighborhood districts in Helena, each with a four-member council. People elected to Neighborhood District Councils also serve on the Helena Citizens Council, which was created to advise the City Commission.
How do I vote in the next election?
*For many local elections, such as school or city elections, there are no polling places - all ballots are mailed.
3. Submit your absentee/mail ballot by 8pm on Election Day** or visit your polling place by 8pm on Election Day.
**Postmarks are not accepted on absentee/mail ballots; your ballot must be received by 8pm on Election Day!
Where do I vote?
There are a lot of ways to vote in Montana, so it is up to you to decide where you will vote in the next election. Your options will depend on your voter registration status and certain deadlines. We hope the information below will help you make a plan to vote, and we welcome you to give us a call at 406-447-8339 to review your specific voting options.
- Polling places - locations for voting on Election Day - are available for Federal Elections. (Think "big" elections where we vote for President, US Senator, or US Representative.)
- You must get registered to vote at least 30 days before the election to vote at a polling place. (If it is within 30 days of the election, you can "late register" and vote at the county elections office.)
- You will be assigned to a specific precinct and polling place based on your address. On Election Day, you must vote in your designated precinct and polling place.
- You can locate your polling place and precinct with the state's My Voter Page service by entering your name and date of birth.
- Hours of operation for polling places are 7am to 8pm, except for the Dearborn Community Center which is open from 12noon to 8pm.
- You can also call our office at 406-447-8339 to find your polling location.
- For many local elections (like city or school elections), there are no polling places, all ballots are mailed.
- Your mail ballot will include instructions on how to return your ballot.
- In any type of election, you can vote early by requesting an absentee ballot.
- You can mail, email, or fax in your signed application for absentee ballot to have a ballot mailed to you,
- Or you can request an absentee ballot in person at the county elections office located at 316 N Park Ave, Rm 168 in Helena.
- Absentee voting opens 20-30 days before the election.
- The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 12noon the day before the election.
- Voted absentee ballots must be received back by 8pm on Election Day - postmarks are not accepted.
- You also have the option to sign up for the absentee list.
- If you are on the absentee list, your ballot will be mailed to you for every election, whether there are polling places for that election or not.
- To sign up for the absentee list, complete the application for absentee ballot and check the box for "Absentee List" in the ballot request options section.
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
|2019||School and Special District Elections||May 7th|
|2019||Municipal Primary||September 10th|
|2019||Municipal General||November 5th|
|2020||School and Special District Elections||May 5th|
|2020||Federal Primary||June 2nd|
|2020||Federal General||November 3rd|
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.