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“We envision a world where every person can live in a just and sustainable community and know that their voice is being heard at all levels of government.”

Ta’jin Perez
Deputy Director

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Voter Frequently Asked Questions

  • Felons CAN vote (unless current incarcerated)
  • You CAN vote if you are in a pre-release center
  • You MAY be able to vote if you are in a tribal jail
  • You CAN vote with a tribal ID
  • You CAN vote if you are homeless
  • You CAN vote if you cannot read or write
  • You CAN vote if you are serving in the military overseas
  • You CAN vote if you are away for college
  • You CAN vote if you are in a medical center
  • Be registered as required by law
  • Be 18 years old or older on or before the next election
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Have lived in Montana for at least 30 days

You can register to vote in Montana by visiting the Secretary of State website. Click here!

Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. However, you need to fill out an Application for Absentee Ballot.

  • You can research candidates while filling out your ballot
  • You have 25 days to return their ballot
  • You can vote from the comfort of your home

You can use the ‘My Voter Page‘ on the Secretary of State’s website. Use this service to check:

  • If you are registered to vote
  • Your voter registration address
  • Location and directions to your polling place*
  • If you are on the list to have ballots mailed to you
  • The status of your mailed ballot*
  • A sample ballot*

Fill out a voter registration form if your name or address information has changed and has not yet been updated with the county election office.

For more information about voting call us at 800-729-3540,

call your local election office,

call the Secretary of State’s toll-free voter hotline:

1-888-884-VOTE (8683)

or

visit the Montana Voter Information page.

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Even with the lawful right to vote in every state, Native Americans suffered from the same mechanisms and strategies, such as poll taxes, literacy tests, fraud, and intimidation, that kept African Americans from exercising that right. - Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/classroom-materials/elections/right-to-vote/voting-rights-for-native-americans/
REGISTER TO VOTE HERE: https://westernnativevoice.org/voter-registration/

Even with the lawful right to vote in every state, Native Americans suffered from the same mechanisms and strategies, such as poll taxes, literacy tests, fraud, and intimidation, that kept African Americans from exercising that right. - Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/classroom-materials/elections/right-to-vote/voting-rights-for-native-americans/
REGISTER TO VOTE HERE: westernnativevoice.org/voter-registration/
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By learning the history of voting in our county, we can continue to educate ourselves and others as to why it is important to use our voice at the polls and know the battles that were fought on our behalf for us to do so. Every American should have safe, fair and equal access to the polls, if they choose to vote.

74 years ago voting rights were assured in court. It remains so to this day. If a person is not responsible enough to legally register to vote, than they are not responsible enough to cast an informed vote. It's not about which side of the political spectrum you are on, it's about being informed as to why you are on that side, and caring enough to go and sign a card so that your voice can be heard. An ignorant vote is worse than no vote.

Timeline photosClyde Bellecourt is among the handful of true giants of the American Indian Movement. He devoted his life to challenging injustices and building a more equitable world for Native Americans. From his early years patrolling the streets of Minneapolis to curb police brutality against Native residents to his work helping establish job, education, and health centers, Bellecourt formed a foundation that all Native people can now stand on.

Today on Native America Calling, Shawn Spruce honors his legacy with Lisa Bellanger, executive director of the American Indian Movement; Winona LaDuke; and Levi Rickert.

buff.ly/3KjNI0V #RestInPower
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And don't forget Lenard Peltier.

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