Voting Qualifications

U.S. citizens may become voters for national, state, and local elections if they meet the following requirements:
  • Citizen of the United States
  • Eighteen years old or older at the time of election
  • Resident of the state, county, and precinct for at least thirty days prior to the election
  • Registered to vote
Persons serving a sentence in a penal institution for a felony and persons determined to be of unsound mind by a court may not vote.


A citizen may register any time up to and including the thirtieth (30th) day before an election at:
Ravalli County Election Office
215 South 4th Street, Suite C
Hamilton, MT 59840
Montana Motor Vehicle Division
102 Main St, Ste A
Stevensville, MT 59870

Late Registration

If you miss the regular 30-day registration deadline, you may still register for an election by showing up in person at the county election office. This is known as late registration. Late registration closes at noon the day before Election Day. Please contact the election office if you have questions regarding late registration 375-6550.

All active and inactive electors of each district are entitled to vote at said election(s).

Failure to vote in two consecutive general elections results in the removal of the elector’s name from the voter rolls.

An Absentee Ballot may be applied for at the Election Office or by printing the form from this site, filling it out, and mailing it in with your signature to the Elections Office 75 days prior to an election, and ending at noon the day before the election.