Mover's Guide: Montana
Elections Division: 888-884-VOTE (8683)
I moved from the address at which I am registered. What should I do?
I moved from another state.
If you moved to Montana from another state, you must register to vote in Montana to be able to vote. You can register in person at the election administrator’s office anytime before the election; however, any voter who registers after noon on the day before or on Election Day must appear at the county election office in order to vote. Unless you register at the election administrator’s office, the last day to register in time to vote in the next election is thirty days before the election.
If you moved from out of state, you are only eligible to register if you have been a resident of Montana and of the county in which you want to vote for at least thirty days. But under federal law, if you move within thirty days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.
I moved within Montana.
If you moved within the same county, you must notify the election administrator and fill out a transfer form or a new registration form to update your address. If you moved to a different county in Montana, you should complete a new registration form to update your registration records. That form is available here: http://sos.mt.gov/Elections/forms/voters/register.pdf
The election is right around the corner and I never updated my registration from my previous address. What should I do?
Montana voters who move are still entitled to cast a ballot that will be counted — even if they did not notify the appropriate election official about the move before Election Day.
Scenario One: New Address, Same Polling Place
If you moved to a new address that is covered by the same polling place as your old address, you can vote a regular ballot at that polling place after confirming your change of address at the polling place. This is true regardless of how close to the election you moved.
Scenario Two: New Address in Same County but New Polling Place
If you moved to a new address within the same county but with a different polling place, you can vote at the polling place associated with your old address or a centralized location set up by the election administrator for the first election after your move. You need to give your new address and fill out a transfer or new registration form.
Alternately, you can update your registration and vote in person at your county election administrator’s office on Election Day.
Scenario Three: New Address in New County
If you moved to a new address in a different county more than 30 days before an election you should complete a new registration form for your new address in the county.
If you moved to a new address in a different county within 30 days of an election, you can:
- Vote in person or by absentee ballot at the polling place associated with your old address; or
- Update your registration and vote in your new polling place.
- Register to vote or update your registration and vote in person at your county election administrator’s office on Election Day.