The 2020 Vote in Montana: candidates, issues, and voter resources

Posted at 1:24 PM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 10:01:52-04

GREAT FALLS — With ballots arriving in the mail soon and the election just a few weeks away, we want to provide you with a single page where you can learn about issues and races impacting Montana. Our 2020 Election Guide provides key dates and deadlines that are important to remember leading up to November 3rd. It also has links to help you register to vote, sign up for a mail or absentee ballot, and details about early in-person voting.

To help voters learn more about the candidates on the ballot this year, MTN News hosted several debates with federal and statewide candidates. You can watch the hour-long debates at the following links:

MTN also hosted half-hour debates with statewide candidates on our Face The State program. You can watch them at these links:

You can watch these debates on-line and on-demand on our streaming app. The app is available to download on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV. To find details on how download our streaming app visit

Montanans will also choose whether to approve two ballot measures that would allow recreational use of marijuana; click here for details and full text of the proposals.

  • Key Dates and Deadlines

    • Friday, October 2: Early voting begins at 7:00 a.m.
    • Monday, October 26: Close of registration
    • Tuesday, October 27: Late registration begins. This means that a person must come into the office in person. Prior to this, we will accept registration applications through the mail.
    • All ballots must be received by 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 3.
    • Currently Montana does not accept a post mark; ballots must be in the office by 8:00 pm on election day.

    Register to Vote

    Register to vote or check your registration status.

    Absentee/Mail-In Voting

    1. Request an absentee ballot. Print it out, sign it and mail the request form back to your county board of elections.
    2. Receive your ballot in the mail.
    3. Fill your ballot out. You can mail it back or deliver it in person to your local county elections board.

  • Early In-Person Voting

    Any eligible voter can also vote early in-person at their county board of elections, starting on the day after voter registration closes.

    In-person Voting

    Polls are open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3. You need to bring ID. If you don't, you can request a provisional ballot. (ID rules may vary for absentee ballots and first-time voters.)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What assistance is there for voters with disabilities? Montana’s Statewide Elections have various options for voters with disabilities or voters who need special assistance; click here for details.

    What are my voting options if I'm a member of the armed forces or overseas? Click here to learn how to vote if you are a member of the armed forces or are otherwise overseas.