GRIZ VOTE 2018
Your Resource for All Your Voting Questions
Election Day is almost here, which means it’s time for UM students to get registered and ready to vote. We know Grizzlies take pride in their democracy and won’t miss an opportunity to cast their ballot this year. We know students will be turning out in record numbers to make sure our voice is heard this fall, so don’t miss out on your chance to be part of this exciting election!
This guide answers most of the questions you will have about registering to vote and casting your ballot. If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to call the elections experts at MontPIRG at 406-243-2908. We are eager to help you vote in 2018!
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN MONTANA?
You must be 18 years old, a U.S. Citizen, and a resident of Montana for 30 days before Election Day. Remember that residency for UM is different than residency for voting.
WHEN IS ELECTION DAY?
Election is Tuesday, November 6, 2018
WHAT IF I’M NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE?
Don’t worry - You can still register and vote all the way up to 8pm on Election Day. After October 9th you’ll have to go to the county elections office to register to vote.
“I’M NOT SURE IF I’M REGISTERED”
Just go to WhereDoIVoteMT.com and type in your name and date-of-birth to see if you’re registered. If not, no worries, you can still register and vote all the way up through Election Day.
CAN STUDENTS VOTE AT THEIR CAMPUS ADDRESS?
Absolutely - Students can vote at their campus address even if they are not originally from Montana. Voters must live at their address 30 day before Election Day, which all students do.
DO I NEED TO VOTE FOR EVERYTHING ON THE BALLOT?
No - You can vote for as many races on your ballot as you want. However, we encourage you to learn about all the offices on the ballot and cast a vote in all the races.
WHAT I.D. DO I NEED TO BRING TO THE POLLS?
Bring your Montana driver’s license, state ID, or other photo ID, like a student ID. You can also bring a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or your voter confirmation notice.
DO I NEED TO RE-REGISTER TO VOTE IF I MOVE?
Yes - If you have moved since you last registered or voted you will need to register at your new address. A new address means new districts and new candidates for you to choose from.
CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE ONLINE?
No - Unfortunately in Montana voters can not register online. You will need to fill out a paper form with a MontPIRG volunteer (or at the county elections office after October 9th.) You can find a copy of the voter registration form on the Secretary of State’s website as well.
HOW DO I REGISTER TO GET A MAIL-IN BALLOT?
You can print a form off from the Secretary of State’s website and mail it in or fill out a paper form with a MontPIRG volunteer (or at the county elections office.)
CAN FORMER FELONS VOTE IN MONTANA?
Yes - In Montana, if you have served your time and are no longer in the custody of the state you can register to vote.
WHAT IS ON THE BALLOT THIS YEAR?
On your ballot you’ll see races for the US Senate and US House - State races like Supreme Court Clerk and State Legislature as well as local races and important ballot measures.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A WAY TO GET TO THE POLLS?
Monday, October 15th to Election Day, MontPIRG volunteers will be offering rides to students to vote early. Mountain Line buses also offer free rides in Missoula! Call us at 406-243-2908 for a ride!