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P.O. Box 202801
Helena, MT 59620-2801
State Capitol, Room 260
1301 6th Avenue
Helena, MT 59620
(406) 444-4732
Fax (406) 444-2023
Elections & Government Services Deputy
Lisa Kimmet

Late Registration

Beginning with elections after July 1, 2006, individuals have the right to register and vote up to and including on Election Day at the county election office, if they miss the deadline to register to vote 30 days or more before the election.

An elector who chooses this option must still have been a resident of Montana for at least 30 days before the election. A statewide voter database will ensure that individuals do not vote in multiple counties.

What's New for the
2006 Election Season

Permanent Absentee Voting

Starting in 2006, you have the right to request that an absentee ballot be mailed to you for each election in which you are eligible to vote a ballot. You can specify on your absentee ballot application or on your absentee ballot materials that you would like absentee ballots mailed to you in future elections.

If you choose to be placed on the permanent absentee list, you have the responsibility to complete and return an address confirmation form sent out before each election. If you do not complete and return this form to your county election administrator, you will not receive absentee ballots unless you later request them.

Voting Systems for People with Disabilities

Starting with the 2006 elections, all voters have the option to use voting equipment specially designed for those with visual or mobility impairments. These voting systems, known as AutoMARKs, were purchased by the Secretary of State's office using federal funding.

A person using the AutoMARK may make his or her choices by pressing on the touch screen or by using a keypad that has raised buttons in the shape of arrows for ease of use, and which also includes markings for people who are able to read Braille. Voters may also ask an election judge for headphones, which voters can use to hear a computer voice that will read the ballot to them. The AutoMARK will allow individuals to confirm their choices, will mark a ballot based on those choices, and lastly, will print a regular paper ballot for deposit in the ballot box.

No one is required to vote on the AutoMARK systems, and they will not tabulate any individual's votes.

Voter Information Pamphlet

The information for each proposed ballot issue is the official ballot language written by the Attorney General's office, the text of each ballot issue, and the arguments and rebuttals for and against each ballot issue. The arguments and rebuttals have been prepared by each committee appointed to support each ballot issue and each committee appointed to oppose each ballot issue. The opinions stated in the arguments and rebuttals do not necessarily represent the views of the Secretary of State or the State of Montana. The State also does not guarantee the truth or accuracy of any statement made in the arguments or rebuttals.

Welcome from Montana Secretary of State Brad Johnson

What Is the Voter Information Pamphlet?

Political Parties of Montana

Voting in Montana Elections

What's New for the 2006 Election Season 

Contact Your County Election Office
(Printable .pdf)

Ballot Measure Worksheet
(Printable .pdf)

Ballot Issues

Constitutional Amendments:

Constitutional Initiatives:


If you would like to receive additional copies of the VIP, or would like to receive it in large print, in Braille, on a CD, electronically, online, or in another accessible format, please contact the Secretary of State’s Office at 1-888-884-VOTE (8683), or email

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