MONTANA

How to vote from your hospital bed

LINKS

Anytime Before the Election

Register to Vote!

Find more information here https://sosmt.gov/elections/vote/ or at https://www.vote.org/.

12 PM on November 2, 2020

Montana is a no-excuse absentee voting state, so any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. Applications must be received by the county election office by noon the day before the election. If you drop off the application you will be able to pick up the absentee ballot at the same time, once ballots are available. You may mail your application or designate another person (ex. family member) to return your application and pick up your ballot. If you fill out a section of the application form indicating that you are currently ill or experiencing a health emergency, you may ask your county election administrator to have a special absentee election board bring an absentee ballot to you. More information on this process can be found here.

8 PM on Tuesday November 3, 2020 (Election Day)

Ballots must be returned to your local election official's office or polling place by 8 PM on Election Day to be counted.

 

DEADLINES

 

STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO VOTE

1.

Check Your Voter Registration

Check if you are registered to vote at https://sosmt.gov/elections/vote/ or at https://www.vote.org/.

2.

Complete an Emergency Absentee Ballot Application

Montana is a no-excuse absentee voting state so any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. More information on the process can be found here and a link to the application form can be found here. You must return your absentee ballot application to your county election office by 12 PM on the day before the election in order to receive your absentee ballot. Information on your county election office can be found here.

On your application form, there is an option to indicate if you are "prevented from voting at the polls due to illness or health emergency occurring between 5:00 p.m. on the Friday preceding the election and 8 p.m. on election day." There are also sections where you can request to receive an absentee ballot for all future elections as well as request a voter information pamphlet.

3.

Return Your Application

There are 2 possible methods to return your absentee ballot to your county election office. Information on your county election office can be found here.

  1. By designee: You may designate somebody (ex. a family member) to return your application to your county election office in-person.

  2. By mail: You may mail your application to your county election office. You should expect this process to take up to 7 days.

4.

Obtain Your Ballot

There are several potential methods you may obtain your ballot depending on the conditions of your application and how it wars returned.

  1. Hospitalization: If you filled out the affidavit at the bottom of the application confirming that you were "prevented from voting at the polls due to illness or health emergency occurring between 5:00 p.m. on the Friday preceding the election and 8 p.m. on election day," you may ask your county election administrator to have a special absentee election board bring an absentee ballot to you.

  2. By designee: If your designee handed in your application to the county election office, they may pick up the ballot to return it to you.

  3. By mail: If you mailed your application and were not hospitalized after 5 PM on the Friday preceding the election, your ballot will be mailed to you.

5.

Vote!

Fill out your ballot! 

6.

Return Your Completed Ballot

Ballots must be returned to your local election official's office or polling place, whether through your designee or by mail, by 8 PM on Election Day to be counted.

 

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STATE LAW

Montana 13-13-211, MCA: 

Voters experiencing a health-related emergency between 5 p.m. on the Friday before the election and the close of polls on Election Day can request an emergency absentee ballot.

 

COVID-19 and Patient Voting

Here is how COVID-19 is affecting Patient Voting in this state:

Montana is a no-excuse absentee voting state so any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in order to cast a vote without being physically present at a polling location. More information on this process can be found here.

Different counties have also taken different measures due to COVID-19, with some counties automatically mailing out ballots to all residents. Ballots were mailed on May 8th. To see changes that your county has been making due to COVID-19, please visit here for the most up-to-date information.

Contact patientvoting@gmail.com for more info

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