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How Does Absentee Voting Work?


Absentee voting was created so that individuals not able to cast their vote on Election Day could vote via mail.  This still applies, but since 1999 Montanans can vote absentee without listing a reason why, which allows voters the opportunity to take their time to mark their ballot.

  1. First, the voter must apply for absentee status with the Missoula County Elections Office.  The voter should complete an Application for Absentee Ballot, or sign up for the Annual Absentee List to have ballots for which you are eligible automatically mailed to you.

  2. A physical signature is required on your absentee application. Our office cannot accept typed print in place of a signature. If sending the application electronically: complete & print the online application, sign, scan, and email as a PDF.

  3. The application may be mailed, or dropped off at the elections office:
    Missoula County Courthouse
    Office of Elections
    200 W Broadway
    Missoula, MT 59802

  4. An absentee voting packet will be mailed to the address you indicated on your application, or you can pick up the packet at the county election office at the time you apply for the absentee ballot, if ballots are available at that time.

  5. Applications must be received by the county Election Office by noon the day before the election.  If you drop off the application, you will be able to pick up the absentee ballot at the same time, once ballots are available.

  6. After voting the absentee ballot, return in the envelope(s) provided.  READ INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDED WITH THE PACKET CAREFULLY.

  7. Be sure to sign the affirmation on the return envelope before sending back or dropping off.  Note: The person to whom the ballot was issued must be the person signing the return envelope.

You can track your absentee ballot at My Voter Page.

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