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

November 6, 2012
CONTACT: Terri McCoy, (406) 444-2807


HELENA – Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch is reminding voters that they can view 2012 General Election results online shortly after the polls close on Election Day. The Secretary of State’s Election Night Reporting Service will be available November 6 beginning at 8:00 p.m. at sos.mt.gov.

“We provide the most comprehensive election results in the state,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Montanans can see results all the way down to the precinct level, which helps demonstrate just how important every vote is. I encourage every voter to cast their ballot, and then visit our website for immediate and accurate statewide results.”

The unofficial results from the November 6 General Election will be available to the public until the official canvass is certified later this month.

Election Night Reporting System
Available after 8:00 p.m. on November 6
Website:  sos.mt.gov

Voting by Absentee Ballot
All remaining absentee ballots should be returned in person. Voted ballots must be received in the county election office by 8:00 p.m. on November 6. Postmarks are not accepted. Voters can track the status of their absentee ballot online with “My Voter Page” at sos.mt.gov.

Voting at the Polls
You must present a current ID to vote at the polls. If you do not have a photo ID, you can provide another accepted form of ID. If you do not have one of the accepted forms of ID, you can request a “Polling Place Elector ID” form or vote a provisional ballot. Additional information can be found online at sos.mt.gov/Elections/Vote. Registered voters can find the location of their polling place online with “My Voter Page” at sos.mt.gov. Most polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on November 6. Some smaller locations may open at noon. Check with your county election office.

Late Voter Registration
You may register to vote right up through the close of polls (8:00 p.m.) on Election Day (November 6). Late registration must be done in person at the county election office, or the location designated by the county election administrator. Late registrants are given an absentee ballot to vote. Absentee ballots are temporarily unavailable between noon and 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election (November 5).

Military and Oversees Citizens
Ballots are sent to eligible military and overseas citizen voters 45 days before the election. The Secretary of State's Electronic Absentee System (EAS) allows voters covered under the UOCAVA Act to register and vote using this system through 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Voting Accessibility
Every polling place in Montana has at least one AutoMARK - a specialized voting machine that enables people with disabilities to vote securely and independently. More information on voting options can be found online at sos.mt.gov/Elections/Disabilities.

Who Can Vote
To vote in Montana, you must be (1) registered as required by law, (2) at least 18 years old on or before the election, (3) a citizen of the United States, and (4) a Montana resident. You cannot vote if you are a convicted felon serving a sentence in a penal institution or have been judged in a court of law to be of unsound mind.

Election Resources
My Voter Page
2012 Voter Information Pamphlet: Your Guide to General Election Ballot Issues
Polling Place List
County Election Offices
Election Calendar
Archived Election Results
Recount Guide
Montana Voter Guide