Ballot & Voting Information

Military & Overseas Voters
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Military & Overseas Voters

The following links and resources are provided to help you be election ready. 

Getting Your Military Voter Ballot

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 call our office (406) 357-3240 with any questions or visit the Secretary of State.

Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA)

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 are most commonly 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.

Vote by Mail

All active voters in Blaine County will be automatically mailed a ballot on Oct. 9 for the upcoming Nov. 3 general federal election. Inactive voters can update their registration at to receive a ballot in the mail.
Ballot Interference Protection Act (BIPA) requirements are currently suspended.

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 take their time to mark their ballot.


Apply for Absentee Status

First, you must apply for absentee status with the Blaine County Elections Office. Complete an Application for Absentee Ballot, or, if you live at multiple addresses, please complete an Application for Absentee List – Seasonal to have ballots for which you are eligible automatically mailed to the address indicated on your application.


Sign Your Application

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.

Return Your Application

The application may be mailed:
Blaine County Elections
PO Box 278
Chinook, MT 59523-0278


The application may be dropped off:
Blaine County Elections Office
420 Ohio St


Information for Candidates

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 by noon the day before the election. If you drop off the application, you will be able to pick up the absentee ballot at the same time, once ballots are available.

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 envelope.

If you are dropping off other ballots besides your own, you will need to fill out a Ballot Collection Information form to be dropped off with your ballot.
You can track your absentee ballot at My Voter Page.

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Blaine County Courthouse
420 Ohio St
Chinook, MT 59523A



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