Elections and Government Services Administrative Rules of Montana Business Services Notary and Certification Records and Information Management

2015 Municipal Election Candidate Filing

  • opens May 4, 2015
  • closes July 2, 2015

*Candidate Information for 2016 Elections

*information below subject to change by the 2015 Legisature

Use the online candidate filing service to file for office and pay the filing fee - available at 8:00 a.m. January 14, 2016; or file in person at the Secretary of State's office or by mail or fax (filing fee must be paid at time of filing).

Offices on the 2016 Ballot

2016 Offices and Fees

  • President and Vice President, 4-year term
  • United States Representative, 2-year term
  • Governor and Lieutenant Governor, 4-year term
  • Secretary of State, 4-year term
  • Attorney General, 4-year term
  • State Auditor, 4-year term
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction, 4-year term
  • Public Service Commissioner, 4-year term
    • District 2
    • District 3
    • District 4
  • Supreme Court Justice, 8-year term
    • Chief Justice
    • Seat 3
    • Seat 6* remainder of term
  • District Court Judge, 6-year term
    • District 1, Dept. 4
    • District 4, Dept. 1* remainder of term             
    • District 4, Dept. 4            
    • District 11, Dept. 4
    • District 13, Dept. 3* remainder of term            
    • District 13, Dept. 6         
    • District 19, Dept. 1
    • District 21, Dept. 1
  •  State Senator, 4-year term
    • Districts 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21,

               23, 25, 26, 28, 31, 35, 36, 37, 38,

               39, 40, 44, 45, 46, and 47

  • State Representative, 2-year term
    • Districts 1 - 100

2016 potential candidates please note: due to the 2013 Redistricting Plan, legislative candidates should carefully check the newly drawn House or Senate District boundaries to determine that you meet candidacy or office qualifications.

Each candidate for office must affirm when they file their candidate filing form that they meet (or will meet within constitutional and statutory deadlines) the qualifications prescribed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S. and the State of Montana.

Legislative Districts

Detailed information and maps on the new legislative districts are available at the following links:

Political Party Affiliations

  • If you are interested in running as a candidate for one of Montana's qualified political parties, check the status of parties currently qualified for the ballot here
  • If you are interested in running as a write-in candidate, independent or as a representative of a party that has not qualified for the ballot in Montana, please visit Forms and Filing Information or contact the Secretary of State's office at 406-444-5346 for more information, or contact the elections division at soselections@mt.gov.


Elections and Government Services is not responsible for campaign or lobbying issues.  A separate agency, the Commissioner of Political Practices, has jurisdiction over campaign finance and campaign issues. The commissioner also monitors and enforces laws relating to lobbying disclosure and ethical standards of conduct for legislators, public officers, and state employees.