Elections and Voting

ELECTIONS

June Primary Election results are available on this link to the State of Montana’s web site, or by contacting our office (406-497-6344 or clerkrec@bsb.mt.gov)

If you need to update your residency or mailing address, or are an inactive voter (did not vote in November 2018), use the Voter Registration Application form to  update/reactivate;

If you would like to become an absentee voter, use the Absentee Voter Application; or

If you want to cancel your voter registration in Butte-Silver Bow, use the Cancellation Request.

Mail Ballot Schedule of Events:

DateEventLocation
May 26Close of regular registration
Wednesday, May 27Late Registration begins.  Anyone wishing to register MUST appear in personCourthouse, 155 W. Granite St.
10:00 amPublic test of tabulators and ballot marking equipmentCivic Center, 1340 Harrison Ave.
Friday, May 29 10:00 a.m.Mail Ballot Board begins prepping voted ballots (removing voted ballots from secrecy envelopes)Civic Center, 1340 Harrison Ave.
Monday, June 1 9:00 a.m.Tabulation (vote counting) begins.  See note below this table  Civic Center, 1340 Harrison Ave.
Tuesday, June 2 No poling places are open.  
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.In-person voting / Ballot replacementCivic Center, 1340 Harrison Ave.
7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Ballot Drop offCivic Center, 1340 Harrison Ave or Courthouse, 155 W. Granite St.

Tabulation continuesCivic Center, 1340 Harrison Ave
Wednesday, June 10 9:00 a.m.Post-Election AuditCourthouse, 155 W. Granite, Room 208
Thursday, June 11, 4:00 p.m.Election Canvass, County CommissionersCourthouse, 155 W, Granite, Room 312

NOTE:  Any person observing the procedures of the count must complete and sign an affirmation stating, "I, _____________, will not dicuss the results of the early counting of votes at any time prior to the closing of the polls on election day," and is subject to 13-35-241, MCA.  All observers are expected to observe from the bleacher seating in the main arena only and respect social distancing rules.  Political party observers must register with the election administrator or designee prior to participation.  

Please contact voter registration/election administration with any other questions or concerns.  Our phone number is 406-497-6433 or email clerkrec@bsb.mt.gov.


Links to Montana Campaign Regulations

VOTING

Sample Ballots or Primary Election June 2, 2020

Precinct (all party ballots are included in each precinct):

12E2W34
68E8W9E9N
9W10N10S1112E
12W14161718
19N19S19W2122
26E26W27N27S28
29



If you don’t know your precinct, legislative district, or commissioner, you can go to My Voter Page to get that information.

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Call, email, or stop by our office to see if you are registered to vote or if you are still on the Absentee ballot 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 1 (Primary election) or November 2 (General election) at noon. After that time, you must vote at the polls on June 2/November 3, 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.).

You can use the Change Absentee Ballot Status form to receive an absentee ballot for a specific election, add or remove your name from the annual absentee ballot list, designate someone to pickup your ballot, or request a ballot due to a health emergency.

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.

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 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.  However, for the June 2020 primary, due to the COVID-19 virus, we are conducting a mail ballot election.  Voters with questions or problems should contact the Clerk & Recorder’s office.
  • In Butte, voting takes place at the Civic Center, normally, but due to the COVID-19 virus, all voting is conducted by mail.  Please contact the Clerk & Recorder’s office with questions or problems.
  • 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

  • Precincts 1 through 22 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.

2020 INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES

Each candidate for office must affirm when filing that they meet (or will meet within constitutional and statutory deadlines) the qualifications prescribed by the Constitution and laws of the United States, the State of Montana, and if filing for a local seat, the Charter of Butte-Silver Bow.

Candidates should refer to the Commissioner of Political Practice for candidate financial reporting information and forms to ensure their name appears on the ballot.  Candidates should note that ALL financial reporting is done online only, effective October 2019 (formerly forms C1, C1A, C3, C5, etc.).

CANDIDATE FILING FOR STATE OR LOCAL OFFICES

  •  Begins JANUARY 9, 7:30 a.m. (8:00 am all other days) 
  • Candidates running for LOCAL offices must file in person using the local Declaration for Candidacy form.  Fees must be paid at the time of filing.
  • Open offices are:  Assessor, Auditor, Chief Executive, City Judge, Clerk & Recorder, Clerk of District Courts, Council of Commissioner Districts 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 12, County Attorney, Coroner, Justice Court #2, Public Administrator, Sheriff, Superintendent of Schools, Treasurer, and 3 seats on the Soil Conservation District.
  • People wishing to file as Precinct Committee Person must file by March 9, 5:00.  Click this link to download the form.

Candidates filed (updated March 9, 4:43 p.m.)



OfficeCandidate
AssessorDan Fisher (Incumbent)
AuditorWendy Allen McGrath (Incumbent)
Chief ExecutiveBrendan McDonough
Dave Palmer (Incumbent)
J. P. Gallagher
Tom Cronnelly
Ted A. Deshner
City Court JudgeJerome McCarthy (Incumbent)
Clerk & RecorderLinda Sajor-Joyce
Keith Seyffarth
Rachel Roberts Boyd
Clerk of District CourtsThomas (Tom) E. Powers (Incumbent)
Commissioner, District 3
Hattie Thatcher
Mike Maesar
Commissioner, District 4Matt Moore
John Sorich (Incumbent)
Terry L. Schultz
Commissioner, District 5
Justin Fortune
Daniel P. Olsen (Incumbent)
Brian Wilkins
Commissioner, District 6
Mary Booth
James A. "Jim" Fisher (Incumbent)
Commissioner, District 8Norma Duffy
John O. Riordan
Commissioner, District 12
Dan Callahan (Incumbent)
CoronerLori Durkin (Incumbent)
County Attorney
Eileen Joyce (Incumbent)
Justice Court II JudgeJames F Kilmer (Incumbent)
Public AdministratorJanice Casarotto (Incumbent)
SheriffEd Lester (Incumbent)
Superintendent of SchoolsCathy F. Maloney (Incumbent)
TreasurerLori Baker-Patrick (Incumbent)

CANDIDATE FILING AND WITHDRAWAL CLOSING DATES

  • March 9; 5:00 p.m.

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