Montana ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: Montana is conducting its June 2 primary entirely by mail. On May 20, the Yellowstone district court temporarily blocked a state law that restricted the ability of indigenous people to vote, particularly ballot collection activities. A further hearing will be held on May 29, so for now ballot collection is permitted.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Montana voter can request an absentee ballot. No excuse is required.

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see Voter Registration section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your voter registration signature.

Last update: April 15, 2020

Hannah Piercey