Montana voting issues
This page is part of the Election Protection Wiki,
- 1 Election and registration information
- 2 Governmental election authorities
- 3 Election threats
- 4 State and local non-governmental election organizations
- 5 Articles and resources
Election and registration information
- Most polling places in Montana will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on November 4, with the exception of polling places with fewer than 400 electors, which may open at noon.
- Bring your ID to vote! A driver’s license, tribal ID, state-issued ID card, government check, utility bill, or many other forms of ID are sufficient. The important thing is to bring identification.
- If you forget your identification, ask an election judge about alternatives. The polling place elector ID form can be used to confirm your identity, you can vote a provisional ballot, or you can return later with the identification.
- Late registration. Register and receive a ballot at your county election office from Tuesday, October 7 through noon on Monday, November 3, and on Election Day until the close of polls.
For the 2008 election Montana used the following voting machines in addition to hand-counted paper ballots in some counties. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.
- Main article: Voting machines
Optical scan machines:
- Election Systems & Software's Model 100
- Election Systems & Software's Model 650
- Sequoia Optech III-P Eagle
Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots:
Secretary of State Brad Johnson
- Election and Government Services website: http://sos.mt.gov/ELB/index.asp
- Elections and Government Services Division
- P.O. Box 202801
- Helena, MT 59620-2801
- State Capitol, Room 260
- 1301 6th Avenue
- Helena, MT 59620
- (406) 444-4732 Fax (406) 444-2023
- Toll-free Voter Hotline: 1-888-884-VOTE (8683)
- November 4, 2008. The Secretary of State issued a warning to voters to ignore text messages advising them that they can vote the following day. The election is Tuesday only. Similar deceptive text messages were reported reported in several states.
- The Montana Republican Party challenged the voter registrations of 6,000 people in the state’s Democratic strongholds, such as the university towns like Missoula and rural counties with Native American reservations. The move was widely condemned, and the challenge subsequently withdrawn. In the wake of the controversy, party executive director Jake Eaton stepped down.
- Main article: Voter roll purges
- For an extensive log of voting machine problems, see the VotersUnite! report on election incidents.
State and local non-governmental election organizations
League of Women Voters
LWV of Montana, Ms. Gladys Hardin, President; Joan Hurdle, Co-President
- 1923 East Broadway
- Missoula, MT 59802
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Articles and resources
- The main page on election protection and reform organizations.
- All articles in the Election Protection Wiki project.
- For election day: Things citizens can do to monitor elections and If you are told you cannot vote.
- "Voter Suppression Text Messages Circulate Around Montana," New West Politics, November 4, 2008.
- Steven Rosenfeld, Republicans Challenge 6,000 Voter Registrations in Montana," Alternet, October 2, 2008.
- Jennifer McKee, "State GOP Backs Off Voter Registration Challenges", Missoulian, October 8, 2008.
- Charles S. Johnson, GOP executive director resigns The Missoulian, October 15, 2008.
- Ari Berman, "GOP Busted for Voter Suppression," The Nation, October 26, 2008.
- See the VotersUnite! Election Problem Log.
- GoVote.org locates your polling place and other voting information.
- Google map polling locations locates most polling location, may be missing or out of date.
Election Protection hotlines
- 866-OUR-VOTE (National Election Protection Hotline)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español)
- 800-966-5946 (AALDEF, Asian languages)
- 866-MYVOTE1 (Tom Joyner Hotline - VoterAction, NAACP National Voter Fund)
- 877-523-2792 (ACLU Voting Rights Project Hotline)
- 877-US4-OBAMA (Obama campaign Voter Hotline)
- 866-976-VOTE (McCain campaign Honest and Open Election hotline - leave a message)
- 877-GOCNN08 (CNN Voter Problem Tipline)
- 888-VOTE-TIP (VelvetRevolution Election Protection Hotline for fraud)
- 567-258-VOTE (Twitter Vote Report key in report or leave audio message)
- ACLU's "Know Your Voting Rights - State by State" -- printable brochures summarizing your voting rights, for most states.
- One-page know your rights summaries for 27 states from the AFL-CIO.
- Click here to see the voter ID requirements in all states. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials
- Why Tuesday? offers a page for Montana that helps locate Montana's elections officials, election reform groups, and elected officials, as well as a page titled Find a group in your area that lets you find similar information for other states.
- Click here to request an absentee ballot. Go Vote Absentee is a project of the Women Donors Network.
- Information for voters with disabilities from NDRN.
Student voting rights
- See Montana Student Voting Rights for a guide to student voting rights in Montana. See Student Voting Rights for a guide to other states. From the Brennan Center for Justice.
- See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.
- Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español
- Verified Voting's Montana page, which provides detailed information on voting equipment in use in every county in Montana.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Montana page, which provides detailed information on election law developments in Montana. See map page to see the information for election developments in any given state.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Montana general information page, which provides information on Montana election authorities, post-election processes, and other topics. See map page to see this information for any given state.