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January 9, 2012

Contact: Terri McCoy, 406-444-2807

Candidate Filing for 2012 Statewide Elections Opens Thursday, January 12
Interested Parties Can File Online at the Secretary of State’s Website

HELENA – The 2012 federal election cycle kicks off Thursday with the start of candidate filing, and Secretary of State Linda McCulloch is working to ensure Montanans are prepared.

“Voting and running for public office are important fundamental rights we share as citizens of this great state,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Don’t miss the opportunity to make a difference in your community. Get involved in Montana’s 2012 election season, and visit our website for all of your election needs.”


The first day to file for any public office is Thursday, January 12, 2012. The final day to file is Monday, March 12, 2012. Filing forms and fees must be received between 8:00 a.m. on January 12 and 5:00 p.m. on March 12. Forms postmarked by the deadline, but not received by the deadline, cannot be accepted. Candidates may file electronically via the Secretary of State’s online candidate filing service, in person at the Secretary of State’s office, by mail, or by facsimile. Additional information about candidate filing, including filing fees and forms, is available on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov/Elections.


Montana voters may vote in person at the polls or by absentee ballot for the statewide 2012 Primary and General Elections. Voters may register to vote during the regular registration period or they may take advantage of Montana’s late registration period, which runs from 29 days before the election until the close of polls on Election Day. Montana voters may fill out a voter registration card, check their voter registration status, or request an absentee ballot on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov/Elections. Voter registration cards and absentee ballot applications must be filled out, printed (if accessed online), and returned by mail or in person to the county election office. Additional election information can be found in the State of Montana Voter Guide, which is available for download at sos.mt.gov/MontanaVoterGuide.pdf.


Montana will hold the statewide Primary Nominating Election on June 5, 2012. The statewide Federal General Election will be held November 6, 2012. A list of open offices is available on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov/Elections.


The general public should direct all questions about voting or candidate filing to the SOS Elections & Government Services Division at soselections@mt.gov or (406) 444-4732.