Voter Registration Application
Have you moved within Blaine County? Has your last name changed? Are you new to Blaine County? Please complete the voter registration application and return to our office.
Are you registered to vote in Blaine County but you would prefer to receive your ballot 25 days before the election in the mail. The absentee application will place you on the absentee, vote-by-mail, list. Absentee voting simply means you’ll be absent from your polling place on Election Day. Please note: this form will not change/update your registered address. If your information has changed, the voter registration application is the best form to submit to our office.
Election Office Hours
The Election office is located at 420 Ohio Street in the Blaine County Courthouse in the Clerk & Recorder’s office. We maintain business hours; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and our office observes federal holidays. Before an election, the election office schedule will be released with updated locations and hours.
Information for Candidates
You can find all the information you need to file for a seat as a political candidate in Blaine County.
Ballot & Voting Information
45 days prior to Federal & Presidential elections, ballots are available to military and overseas voters. The Secretary of State’s Electronic Absentee System seamlessly registers and issues an electronic ballot for eligible UOCAVA voters. Overseas voters should use this tool if they are not currently registered as UOCAVA and wish to receive a ballot. Please visit the Secretary of State Military & Overseas Voter Page for more info.
The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) created special provisions to make registering to vote, obtaining, returning, and tracking absentee ballots easier for members of the armed forces or certain overseas U.S. citizens while absent from their Montana voting residence. UOCAVA voters can be identified as one of the following:
- Member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marines on active duty
- Spouse or dependent of a member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marines on active duty
- U.S. citizen residing outside the United States
- Other individuals meeting definitions of “absent uniformed services voter” and “overseas voter” under Montana law (13-21-102, MCA).
- Note: the Electronic Absentee System is for voters covered under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) only. A user must affirm their eligibility under this Federal Law before using the system, under penalty of perjury.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) also provides information for UOCAVA voters, including an absentee voting guide for Montana UOCAVA voters.
How does absentee voting work?
Absentee voting was created so that individuals not able to cast their vote on Election Day could vote via mail. This still applies, but since 1999 Montanans can vote absentee without listing a reason why, which allows voters the opportunity to review and vote their ballots at home and return prior to or on election day.
- First, you must apply for absentee status with the Blaine County Elections Office. Complete an Application for Absentee Ballot.
- A physical signature is required on the absentee application. Our office cannot accept typed print in place of a signature. If sending the application electronically: complete & print the online application, sign, scan, and email as a PDF.
- The application may be mailed:
Blaine County Elections
PO Box 278
Chinook, MT 59523
The application may be dropped off:
Blaine County Clerk & Recorder’s Office
420 Ohio St., Chinook
- An absentee voting packet will be mailed to the address you indicated on your application, or you can pick up the packet at the Blaine County Election Office at the time you apply for the absentee ballot, if ballots are available at that time.
- Applications must be received by the Blaine County Election Office prior to the close of regular registration. Once, late registration has begun you must appear in person to drop off the application, you will be able to pick up the absentee ballot at the same time.
- After voting the absentee ballot, return in the envelope(s) provided. READ INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDED WITH THE PACKET CAREFULLY.
- Be sure to sign the affirmation on the return envelope before sending back or dropping off. Note: The person to whom the ballot was issued must be the person signing the return affirmation envelope.
You can track your absentee ballot at My Voter Page.
Blaine County offers numerous means for accessible voting for voters with a range of disabilities; you may ask an election judge to help you mark your ballot. You can also bring a friend or relative who, with the permission of the election judge, can go into the voting booth with you and help you vote. If you cannot enter a polling place, election judges will assist you with “curbside voting.”
Blaine County provides a specialized voting machine at each polling place and the courthouse, called an ExpressVote, which enables individuals with disabilities to vote independently and privately.
The Electronic Ballot Request System (EBRS) is available for state and federal elections beginning 30 days before election day and through noon the day before election day. You may apply for an electronic ballot that can be marked on your personal computer, printed, and returned by mail or in person at the election office.
You may also designate an agent to assist you with the voting process. Download an application to designate an agent. Deliver the signed application to the Elections Office at the Blaine County Courthouse.
Please visit the Secretary of State’s page for voters with disabilities for additional information.
Proper Voting Utensils
• To correctly mark a ballot use only black or blue ink.
• Gel ink or marker is not read by the scanner resulting in an under-vote (i.e., vote is not counted).
When a new ballot should be requested
• If the ink bleeds though the paper
• If you marked the incorrect oval with ink
• If the ballot was torn or compromised in any way that it cannot be fed through the scanner
How to request a new ballot
• Please visit the Elections Center at 420 Ohio St.
• Call the Elections Office at 406-357-3240 for a replacement ballot form.
Remember to sign your affirmation envelope.
If you have any questions, please call our office at 406-357-3240.
The below-listed documents are hyperlinks to pages containing forms for various election purposes. Most forms are in Adobe Acrobat’s Portable Document Format (PDF). If you require forms in other formats not available please email (email@example.com) with your request.
Absentee Ballot Application
(includes request to remove from the absentee ballot list)
Absentee Application for Electronic Ballot
for Individuals with Disability
Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)
Voter Registration & Absentee Ballot Request for Military and Overseas Citizens
Application for Designation of Agent
by an Individual with a Disability
Declaration of Nomination and Oath of Candidacy
Voter Cancellation Request
Voter Registration Application
Affidavit of Petition Signature Gatherer
Registered Voter List Request
Withdrawal of Candidacy
Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent
and Oath of Candidacy
Election office address: 420 Ohio Street in the Blaine County Courthouse in the Clerk & Recorder’s office
Hours of Operation: Mon – Fri : 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Our office observes federal holidays)
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Frequently Asked Questions
How can I find my polling place?
What forms of ID are acceptable to vote?
A current photo identification showing your name, including but not limited to a driver’s license, a school district or postsecondary education photo identification, a tribal photo identification, OR a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, notice of confirmation of voter registration, government check, or other government document that shows your name and current address.
What are the dates of the federal primary and general elections?
A federal primary election is held every even-numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in June. A federal general election is held every even-numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The presidential elections are combined with the congressional, statewide, state district, and county elections.
Federal Primary: June 7, 2022
Federal General: November 8, 2022
What are the dates of the municipal primary and general elections?
A municipal primary election, if necessary, is held every odd-numbered year on the first Tuesday after the second Monday in September. A municipal general election is held every odd-numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
School Election: May 4, 2021
City Primary (if necessary): September 14, 2021
City General: November 2, 2021
Get registered to vote so you are prepared for the next election. Check back with our site for more up-to-date information as we near election season.
Blaine County Courthouse
420 Ohio St
Chinook, MT 59523
Mon-Fri: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.