The 2021 Municipal Elections are happening in communities across the state on November 2nd and it’s never been so important to make your voice heard. From climate change to affordable housing — who we elect to our local offices have direct impacts on everyday life. Don’t sit this one out! Use the Forward Montana Voter Hub to ensure you have a plan to vote.
Remember, who you vote for is private information BUT if you vote is public! Keep that voting record perfect & be a model for your communities — we can’t afford to have you sit this one out!
To find out more about what’s on your ballot & to identify the candidates that reflect your vision & values — check out our voter guide, click here.
Step 1. Register to Vote!
To make sure you are registered to vote, check out My Voter Page. If you aren’t registered to vote or need to update your address, you need to do so in-person at your local county elections office since the late registration period (October 5th – November 1st) has already begun. You must be registered to vote by 12PM on November 1st to cast a ballot in the municipal election.
To find your local county elections office, click here.
Step 2. Research the Candidates & Issues
Curious about some of the races you’ll see on your ballot this November? Our Voter Guide is available below and has all the details you’re looking for to make an educated decision in an easily readable format.
Step 3. Vote
On October 13th, ballots will begin to be mailed out across the state!
Billings, Bozeman, Whitefish, Colombia Falls, & Missoula are hosting an all mail-in election. This means, if you’re a registered voter you’ll receive your ballot directly in your mailbox. If you don’t receive your ballot by Oct. 20th, check in with your local county election office using the phone numbers below:
- Billings: (406) 256-2740
- Bozeman: 406-582-3060
- Missoula: (406) 258-4751
Flathead Voters!: Please note, Kalispell is hosting one polling location for non-absentee voters (voters who don’t receive a ballot in the mail, Voters within Kalispell city limits who are registered absentee will receive a ballot in the mail. Poll voters can utilize the Trade Center at the County Fairgrounds — 265 N Meridian Rd, Kalispell, MT 59901 (at the corner of Meridian Road & W. Idaho Street). This location will be open 7:00am – 8:00pm on Election Day only. For any questions, contact the Kalispell Elections Office: (406) 758-5535
Not located in one of the cities listed & looking for information on how to contact your elections office? Check out: voteinmt.org
Completed ballots must be received by your local County Elections office on November 2nd at 8:00 pm. If you’re mailing your ballot, make sure to put a stamp on your envelope and mail it by October 26th, AKA 7 days before the election! Remember, ballots received late won’t count.
Not sure if you’re registered to vote? Have other questions about your absentee ballot or where to vote? Slide into our DM’s on social media or call us at 406-542-VOTE. You can register up until 12:00 pm the day before Election Day, November 2nd.
Step 4. Kick up your feet.
Civic engagement looks good on you.
What Voters Say
The Forward Montana guides are usually the only truly impartial voting guides I can usually find during election season. I appreciate that they take the time to ask about issues that are both important nationally and locally. Through their guides and the research they do, they give our generation a voice in elections when most other organizations would rather pretend that the young generation of voters simply don’t exist.Devin M., Missoula