Montana voting issues

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Election and registration information

  • Most polling places in Montana will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on November 4, with the exception of polling places with fewer than 400 electors, which may open at noon.
  • Bring your ID to vote! A driver’s license, tribal ID, state-issued ID card, government check, utility bill, or many other forms of ID are sufficient. The important thing is to bring identification.
  • If you forget your identification, ask an election judge about alternatives. The polling place elector ID form can be used to confirm your identity, you can vote a provisional ballot, or you can return later with the identification.

Late registration

  • Late registration. Register and receive a ballot at your county election office from Tuesday, October 7 through noon on Monday, November 3, and on Election Day until the close of polls.

Voting machines

2008 election

For the 2008 election Montana used the following voting machines in addition to hand-counted paper ballots in some counties. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.

Main article: Voting machines

Optical scan machines:

Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots:

Governmental election authorities

Secretary of State Brad Johnson

Contact information:

  • Elections and Government Services Division
  • P.O. Box 202801
  • Helena, MT 59620-2801
  • State Capitol, Room 260
  • 1301 6th Avenue
  • Helena, MT 59620
  • (406) 444-4732 Fax (406) 444-2023


  • Toll-free Voter Hotline: 1-888-884-VOTE (8683)

Election threats

  • November 4, 2008. The Secretary of State issued a warning to voters to ignore text messages advising them that they can vote the following day. The election is Tuesday only.[1] Similar deceptive text messages were reported reported in several states.
  • The Montana Republican Party challenged the voter registrations of 6,000 people in the state’s Democratic strongholds, such as the university towns like Missoula and rural counties with Native American reservations.[2] The move was widely condemned, and the challenge subsequently withdrawn.[3] In the wake of the controversy, party executive director Jake Eaton stepped down.[4][5]
Main article: Voter roll purges
  • For an extensive log of voting machine problems, see the VotersUnite! report on election incidents.[6]

State and local non-governmental election organizations

League of Women Voters

LWV of Montana, Ms. Gladys Hardin, President; Joan Hurdle, Co-President

Local Leagues:

Articles and resources

See also


  1. "Voter Suppression Text Messages Circulate Around Montana," New West Politics, November 4, 2008.
  2. Steven Rosenfeld, Republicans Challenge 6,000 Voter Registrations in Montana," Alternet, October 2, 2008.
  3. Jennifer McKee, "State GOP Backs Off Voter Registration Challenges", Missoulian, October 8, 2008.
  4. Charles S. Johnson, GOP executive director resigns The Missoulian, October 15, 2008.
  5. Ari Berman, "GOP Busted for Voter Suppression," The Nation, October 26, 2008.
  6. See the VotersUnite! Election Problem Log.

External resources

Poll location

Election Protection hotlines

Voting information

Voting rights

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Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials

Absentee voting

Disabled voters

Student voting rights

State ballot

  • See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.


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