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UPCOMING DATES
May 2, 2017
Montana : School Election Special District Elections
May 25, 2017
Montana : Federal Special Election
September 12, 2017
Montana : MUNICIPAL PRIMARY NOMINATING ELECTION
November 7, 2017
Montana : MUNICIPAL GENERAL ELECTION

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DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Montana

Carved by glaciers more than 10,000 years ago, Flathead Lake is the largest freshwater lake between the Mississippi River and the Pacific Ocean. It is 28 miles long, between 5 and 15 feet wide and encompasses nearly 200 square miles.

The National Bison Range was established in 1908 in western Montana to preserve wild bison from extinction. In addition to elk, deer, antelope, bears and other animals, roughly 500 bison live in the wildlife refuge.

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The world’s first International Peace Park was established in 1932 when Glacier National Park in Montana and Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada, were combined. In 1995, UNESCO listed the two parks as a joint World Heritage Site for their diverse and plentiful plant and wildlife species, and outstanding scenery.

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The coldest temperature in the 48 contiguous states ever recorded was -70 degrees Fahrenheit in Rogers Pass on January 20, 1954. In January of 1972, Loma, Montana, broke the national record for the greatest temperature change within a 24-hour period by recording a 103-degree climb from -54 degrees Fahrenheit to 49 degrees Fahrenheit.

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In 2000, 50 of Montana’s 56 counties were designated “frontier counties” by the National Center for Frontier Communities using a matrix that measures population density as well as distance and travel time to a service/market center. In 2010, Montana was home to an average of 6.8 people per square mile.

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Eleven tribal nations live on seven Indian reservations in Montana. A twelfth tribe, the Little Shell Band of Chippewa, lives within the state without its own land.

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Montana’s large gold and silver mines gave rise to its nickname, the Treasure State, and its state motto, “Oro y Plata” (Spanish for “Gold and Silver”).

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State of Montana Quick Facts
  • Current Population:1,032,949
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: Yes
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: Yes
  • Electoral Colleges: 3
  • Congressional Districts: 1
  • Date of Statehood: November 8, 1889
  • Size: 147,039 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Treasure State; Big Sky Country
  • Tree: Ponderosa Pine
  • Flower: Bitterroot
  • Bird: Western Meadow Lark
Registered Voters

: 654,765

Voter Registration Total: 654,765

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Montana?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Montana.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?
    MONTANA : Yes

    You can register in person at the election administrator's office anytime before the election; however, any voter who registers after noon on the day before or on Election Day must appear at the county election office in order to vote.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Montana?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Montana, voters have the following options :

    By Mail

    print, complete and return to your county election office at least 30 days before election day

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Montana state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    Montana State Government

    Montana Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We the people of Montana grateful to God for the quiet beauty of our state, the grandeur of our mountains, the vastness of our rolling plains, and desiring to improve the quality of life, equality of opportunity and to secure the blessings of liberty for this and future generations do ordain and establish this constitution.

    No law shall be passed impairing the freedom of speech or expression. Every person shall be free to speak or publish whatever he will on any subject, being responsible for all abuse of that liberty. In all suits and prosecutions for libel or slander the truth thereof may be given in evidence; and the jury, under the direction of the court, shall determine the law and the facts.

    The Executive Branch
    The Montana State Capitol in Helena

    Executive Power

    The executive power is vested in the governor who shall see that the laws are faithfully executed.

    Each holds office for a term of four years which begins on the first Monday of January next succeeding election, and until a successor is elected and qualified.

    Each shall reside at the seat of government, there keep the public records of his office, and perform such other duties as are provided in this constitution and by law.

    The executive branch includes a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and auditor.

    Montana Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • The Superintendent (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    The Montana State Capitol in Helena

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power is vested in a legislature consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives. The people reserve to themselves the powers of initiative and referendum.

    The size of the legislature shall be provided by law, but the senate shall not have more than 50 or fewer than 40 members and the house shall not have more than 100 or fewer than 80 members.

    Judicial Branch
    The Montana State Capitol in Helena

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of the state is vested in one supreme court, district courts, justice courts, and such other courts as may be provided by law.

    The Supreme Court consists of one chief justice and four justices, but the legislature may increase the number of justices from four to six. A majority shall join in and pronounce decisions, which must be in writing.

    Montana Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(100)
    (41)(59)
    State Senators(50)
    (18)(32)
    US Representatives(1)
    (1)
    US Senators(2)
    (1)(1)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Montana Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    He shall have such other duties as are provided in this constitution and by law.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, or auditor unless he is 25 years of age or older at the time of his election. In addition, each shall be a citizen of the United States who has resided within the state two years next preceding his election.

    Election

    Each candidate for governor shall file jointly with a candidate for lieutenant governor in primary elections, or so otherwise comply with nomination procedures provided by law that the offices of governor and lieutenant governor are voted upon together in primary and general elections.

    Term of Office

    The governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality.

    Limit on Tenure

    The secretary of state or other authorized official shall not certify a candidate's nomination or election to, or print or cause to be printed on any ballot the name of a candidate for, one of the following offices if, at the end of the current term of that office, the candidate will have served in that office or had he not resigned or been recalled would have served in that office:(a) 8 or more years in any 16-year period as governor.

    Salary

    $111,569.

    Qualification age

    A least 25 years of age or older at the time of election.

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    The lieutenant governor shall perform the duties provided by law and those delegated to him by the governor. No power specifically vested in the governor by this constitution may be delegated to the lieutenant governor.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, or auditor unless he is 25 years of age or older at the time of his election. In addition, each shall be a citizen of the United States who has resided within the state two years next preceding his election.

    Election

    Each candidate for governor shall file jointly with a candidate for lieutenant governor in primary elections, or so otherwise comply with nomination procedures provided by law that the offices of governor and lieutenant governor are voted upon together in primary and general elections.

    Term of Office

    The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality.

    Limit on Tenure

    Two terms in 16 years period.

    Salary

    $86,362.

    Qualification age

    At least 25 years of age or older at the time of election.

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The attorney general is the legal officer of the state and shall have the duties and powers provided by law.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, or auditor unless he is 25 years of age or older at the time of his election. In addition, each shall be a citizen of the United States who has resided within the state two years next preceding his election.

    Election

    The governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and auditor shall be elected by the qualified electors at a general election provided by law.

    Term of Office

    The attorney general is a publicly elected official who serves a term of four years

    Limit on Tenure

    Two terms in 16 year period.

    Salary

    $123,499

    Qualification age

    At least 25 years of age or older at the time of election .

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    The secretary of state shall maintain official records of the executive branch and of the acts of the legislature, as provided by law. He shall keep the great seal of the state of Montana and perform any other duties provided by law.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, or auditor unless he is 25 years of age or older at the time of his election. In addition, each shall be a citizen of the United States who has resided within the state two years next preceding his election.

    Election

    The governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and auditor shall be elected by the qualified electors at a general election provided by law.

    Term of Office

    The secretary of state is a publicly elected official who serves a term of four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Two terms in 16 year period.

    Salary

    $92,236

    Qualification age

    At least 25 years of age or older at the time of election.

    The Superintendent
    Authority

    The superintendent of public instruction and the auditor shall have such duties as are provided by law.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, or auditor unless he is 25 years of age or older at the time of his election. In addition, each shall be a citizen of the United States who has resided within the state two years next preceding his election.

    Election

    The governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, superintendent of public instruction, and auditor shall be elected by the qualified electors at a general election provided by law.

    Term of Office

    The superintendent of public instruction is a publicly elected official who serves a term of four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Two terms in 16 year period.

    Salary

    $104,635

    Qualification age

    At least 25 years of age or older at the time of election.

    Montana State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body.

    Qualifications

    A candidate for the legislature shall be a resident of the state for at least one year next preceding the general election. For six months next preceding the general election, he shall be a resident of the county if it contains one or more districts or of the district if it contains all or parts of more than one county.

    Election

    Montana is now back to having legitimate elections instead of the auctions we — for a brief time — held every two years...And we are on our way back to having elected officials that are finally accountable to the citizens they represent instead of some special interest and their bundles of dark money.

    Term of Office

    A member of the house of representatives shall be elected for a term of two years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Term limit to 4 terms (8years).

    Salary

    $82.64/day + per diem.

    The State Senate
    Authority

    At the beginning of each regular legislative session the Senate elects the President and President pro tempore. It then chooses its other officers.

    Qualifications

    A candidate for the legislature shall be a resident of the state for at least one year next preceding the general election. For six months next preceding the general election, he shall be a resident of the county if it contains one or more districts or of the district if it contains all or parts of more than one county.

    Election

    Montana is now back to having legitimate elections instead of the auctions we — for a brief time — held every two years. And we are on our way back to having elected officials that are finally accountable to the citizens they represent instead of some special interest and their bundles of dark money.

    Term of Office

    A member of the Senate for a term of four years each to begin on a date provided by law.

    Limit on Tenure

    Missouri senators are subject to term limits of no more than two four-year terms, or a total of eight years.

    Salary

    $82.64/day + per diem.

    Montana State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    The supreme court has appellate jurisdiction and may issue, hear, and determine writs appropriate thereto. It has original jurisdiction to issue, hear, and determine writs of habeas corpus and such other writs as may be provided by law.(2) It has general supervisory control over all other courts.

    Qualifications

    A citizen of the United States who has resided in the state two years immediately before taking office is eligible to the office of supreme court justice or district court judge if admitted to the practice of law in Montana for at least five years prior to the date of appointment or election. Qualifications and methods of selection of judges of other courts shall be provided by law.

    Election

    Supreme court justices and district court judges shall be elected by the qualified electors as provided by law.

    Term of Office

    Terms of office shall be eight years for Supreme Court Justices.

    Limit on Tenure

    Chief salary

    $126,000

    Associates salary

    $125,000

    Qualification age

    The District Court
    Authority

    The district court has original jurisdiction in all criminal cases amounting to felony and all civil matters and cases at law and in equity. It may issue all writs appropriate to its jurisdiction. It shall have the power of naturalization and such additional jurisdiction as may be delegated by the laws of the United States or the state of Montana. Its process shall extend to all parts of the state.

    Qualifications

    A citizen of the United States who has resided in the state two years immediately before taking office is eligible to the office of supreme court justice or district court judge if admitted to the practice of law in Montana for at least five years prior to the date of appointment or election. Qualifications and methods of selection of judges of other courts shall be provided by law.

    Election

    Supreme Court Justices and District Court Judges shall be elected by the qualified electors as provided by law.

    Term of Office

    Six years for district court judges.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

    The Justices Of The peace
    Authority

    The legislature may provide for additional justices of the peace in each county.

    Qualifications

    A citizen of the United States who has resided in the state two years immediately before taking office is eligible to the office of supreme court justice or district court judge if admitted to the practice of law in Montana for at least five years prior to the date of appointment or election. Qualifications and methods of selection of judges of other courts shall be provided by law.

    Election

    There shall be elected in each county at least one justice of the peace with qualifications.

    Term of Office

    Four years for Justices of the Peace.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

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