What is the deadline for returning absentee ballots?

Your completed absentee ballot must be received by 8:00 pm Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

For military and overseas voters, a completed absentee ballot must be
received by 8:00 pm on Election Day or by 5:00 pm on the day after Election Day if transmitted electronically by 8:00 pm on Election Day.

What is the state deadline for mailing absentee ballots?

Absentee ballots must be available to be mailed to voters on October 9, 2020 (25 days prior to Election Day). Ballots for military and overseas voters must be mailed out no later than September 19, 2020 (45 days before Election Day).

How are absentee ballots accepted?

  • By mail
  • In person at election offices or a polling place within the voter’s county.

If a voter has not received their absentee ballot in the mail, can they submit a second request?

The Montana Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page” allows voters to check status of mailed ballots for state and federal primary and general elections and other informative information. https://app.mt.gov/voterinfo/

Does the state provide an on-line absentee ballot tracking process?

For ordinary elections, no.

For all-mail ballot elections, the Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page” allows voters to check status of mailed ballots for state and federal primary and general elections. https://app.mt.gov/voterinfo/

Does the state allow a third party to return a voter’s absentee ballot?

Under Montana law, an election official, USPS worker, caregiver, family member, household member, or acquaintance may collect and convey a voter’s voted or unvoted ballot. Such individual may not collect and convey more than six (6) ballots per election. The third party must sign a registry when delivering a ballot, and provide his/her name, address, and phone number, the voter’s name and address, and the individual’s relationship to the voter. 
https://sosmt.gov/Portals/142/Elections/Documents/2019-BallotCollectionRegistry1.pdf

NOTE: On July 7, 2020, the Montana Thirteenth Judicial District Court Yellowstone County issued a preliminary Injunction prohibiting enforcement of the state’s absentee ballot collection law referenced above. https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/montanaballotruling.pdf