316 N Park Ave, Rm 168, Helena, MT 59623 | Ph: 406-447-8339 | elections(at)lccountymt.gov
COVID-19 Voting Information
June 4, 2020 Update
The next regularly scheduled election is the November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election. The 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.
At this point, the election is scheduled to be a polling place election. This means ballots will only be mailed to those voters who are signed up for the absentee list. Other registered voters will go to their assigned polling place to cast their vote on Election Day. We do expect some changes to polling place locations because some facilities - such as schools and nursing homes - may not be available. If your polling place changes, you will be notified via mail.
The safety of our staff and our voters is important to us.
If you would like to sign up to receive your ballot in the mail, please complete, sign and return the Absentee Ballot Application. On the form you can indicate if you would like an absentee ballot for the upcoming General election only, or if you would like your ballot mailed to you for all elections.
You can confirm that you are signed up for absentee ballots online at www.MyVoterPageMT.com.
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?
*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.)
- Once you are registered 30 days before the election, we assign you to a specific precinct and polling place based on your address. On Election Day, you must vote in your designated precinct at your designated 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 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||Polling Place|
|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.