Use the online candidate filing service to file for office and pay the filing fee - available starting at 8:00 a.m. January 11, 2018; 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). Local candidates file with the county election office.
Note: The online candidate filing service closes at 5 p.m. on March 12. (Independent and minor party candidates can file a declaration for nomination in person or by mail or fax until 5 p.m. on June 4; independent and minor party candidate petition signatures must be submitted to county election offices by 5 p.m. on May 29).
- 2018 Offices, Qualifications, and Fees
- Candidate Calendar
- January 11, 2018 – First day for declarations for nomination to be filed for Primary Election
- March 12, 2018 – 5:00 p.m. Last day for candidates to file declarations for Primary Election
- May 29, 2018 – 5:00 p.m. Last day for Independent/Minor Party/Indigent candidates to submit signed petitions to county election administrators (declaration and filing fee are due to appropriate filing officer by June 4, 2018)
- June 5, 2018 – Primary Election
- November 6, 2018 – Federal General Election
- Candidate Campaign Finance Requirements
- A separate agency, the Commissioner of Political Practices, handles campaign finance filings
- Contact the office of the Commissioner of Political Practices for information on filing a C-1-A, C-3 and other campaign finance forms: 406-444-2942
2018 Offices, Qualifications, and Fees
- United States Senator, 6-year term
- United States Representative, 2-year term
- Public Service Commissioner, 4-year term
- Clerk of the Supreme Court, 6-year term
- Supreme Court Justice, 8-year term
- District Court Judge, 6-year term
- District 1, Dept 1; District 1, Dept 2; District 2, Dept 1; District 2, Dept 2; District 3, Dept 1; District 4, Dept 1; District 4, Dept 2; District 4, Dept 3; District 5, Dept 1; District 6, Dept 1; District 7, Dept 1; District 8, Dept 1; District 8, Dept 2; District 8, Dept 3; District 8, Dept 4* remainder of term; District 9, Dept 1; District 10, Dept 1; District 11, Dept 1; District 11, Dept 2; District 11, Dept 3; District 12, Dept 1; District 13, Dept 1; District 13, Dept 2; District 13, Dept 3; District 14, Dept 1; District 15, Dept 1; District 16, Dept 1; District 16, Dept 2; District 17, Dept 1; District 18, Dept 1; District 18, Dept 2* remainder of term; District 18, Dept 3; District 20, Dept 2; District 22, Dept 1
- State Senator, 4-year term
- Districts 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 41, 42, 43, 48, 49, and 50
- State Representative, 2-year term
Detailed information and maps on the new legislative districts are available at the following links:
2018 potential candidates please note: due to the 2013 Redistricting Plan, legislative candidates should carefully check the 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.
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 and Voter Services division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Elections and Voter Services Division 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.