Elections and Voting


2018 Open Offices, Qualifications, and Fees 

List of Candidates (updated weekly)

Information for Candidates

Online Declaration for Nomination and Oath of Candidacy for the City-County of Butte-Silver Bow.
Use this form if filing for a local position only.  You can fill out the first part of this form on your computer, but you MUST sign in the presence of a notary OR in front of an officer of the Clerk and Recorder’s Office.  Filing fee must be paid at the time of filing.  See the 2018 Open Offices, Qualifications, and Fees page for more information.

Online Declaration for Nomination for Precinct Committee Person

Links to Montana Campaign Regulations


Effective this calendar year, people on the permanent absentee mailing list no longer need to "verify" during even-numbered years. We now compare the absentee list against the US Post Office National Change of Address (NCOA) database. If there is a match, we send a letter and an Absentee List Address Confirmation form to those matches to verify the address change. If you received one of those letters and forms, and returned it, your name stayed on the county’s absentee mailing list. If you did NOT return the form, your name was removed from the absentee mailing list.

If you still have your form, it is not too late to return! If you do not have your form, or you want to be added to the absentee list, click on this link and fill out the Absentee List Application, return it to the Clerk & Recorder’s Office and we will add you. You may apply to vote absentee through June 4 at noon. After that time, you must vote at the polls on June 5, 7:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. (Butte and Ramsay precincts; Rocker, Divide, and Melrose precinct polls are open from noon to 8:00 p.m.).

We begin mailing out absentee ballots for the June primary on May 11. You can track when we mail your ballot and when we receive and process your ballot with the MVP application which you can download to your phone or computer. This application is available in the right hand column of this page or by going to sos.mt.gov.

You may register to vote and vote up to 8 p.m. on election day (June 5).

2018 Voting Schedule:

May 7 Close of regular voter registration for primary election

May 8 – School, fire, water, sewer Districts election; Beginning of late registration at the Courthouse for primary election

May 30 – Public Test of Election Equipment

June 4, noon – Deadline for applying for an absentee ballot for primary election

June 5 – Federal Primary Election

October 9 – Close of regular voter registration for general election

October 10 – Beginning of late registration at the Courthouse for general election

TBA – Public Test of Election Equipment

November 5, noon – Deadline for applying for an absentee ballot for general election

November 6 – Federal General Election

My Voter Page (MVP) – There’s an app for that! (Android or Apple)  If you would like to know your precinct, your voting status (active or inactive), the status of your absentee ballot, the last time you voted, download this app.  Search “my Voter page Montana”.  It is also available on for your computer. 

Montana Voter Forms 

Register to Vote

Absentee Ballot Application

Federal Post Card Application for absent military and overseas citizens

Where to Vote

  • For primary (June) and general (November) elections, voters living in Rocker, Ramsay, Divide, or Melrose will vote in their respective city.
  • In Butte, voting takes place at the Civic Center.
  • Voters living outside of the city limits who are unsure what precinct they are in should check with the Clerk & Recorder's Office to see where they should vote.
  • For information on obtaining an absentee ballot or precinct information, please call 406-497-6342.


  • Precincts 1 through 25 vote at the Butte Civic Center
  • Precincts 19W, 26E and 26W vote in Rocker
  • Precincts 27N and 27S vote in Ramsay
  • Precinct 28 votes in Divide
  • Precinct 29 votes in Melrose

Voting Hours

  • Civic Center and Ramsay polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
  • Rocker, Divide, and Melrose polls open at noon and close at 8 p.m.