HELENA, MT – The 2018 elections kick off Thursday with the start of candidate filing.  The public is invited to join Secretary of State Corey Stapleton for the ceremonial “opening of the doors,” which will take place at precisely 8:00 a.m. in the front lobby of the Secretary of State’s Office at the State Capitol.  Once the doors are open, candidates may file for any open office for which they are eligible. (Candidates for local offices file at the county election office.)  Voters may also stop by the office any time from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to register to vote, update their existing voter registration, or sign up for absentee ballots.   



The first day to file with the Secretary of State for any public office is January 11, 2018.  The final time and day to file is 5 p.m. March 12, 2018. Starting on January 11, 2018, at 8:00 a.m., candidates may file electronically via the Secretary of State’s online candidate filing service at https://app.mt.gov/filing, in person at the Secretary of State’s office, by mail, or by facsimile. Additional information about candidate filing, including open offices, filing fees, and forms, is available on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov/Elections and http://sos.mt.gov/elections/filing.



Montana voters may vote in person at the polls or by absentee ballot for the statewide 2018 Primary and 2018 General Elections. Voters may register to vote during the regular registration period or they may take advantage of Montana’s late registration period, which starts the day after the close of regular registration until the close of polls on Election Day.  Montana voters may fill out a voter registration application, check their voter registration status, or request an absentee ballot on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov/Elections. Voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications must be filled out, printed (if accessed online), signed, and returned by mail or in person to the county election office. Additional election information can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov/Elections.



Montana will hold the statewide Primary Nominating Election on June 5, 2018.  The statewide General Election will be held November 6, 2018. A detailed calendar is at http://sos.mt.gov/elections/calendar.


Montana’s toll-free voter hotline: 888-884-VOTE (8683)



Laura Nelson


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