Late registration for election

Pondera County has had 15 voters who have taken advantage of the late registration law in Montana.

In 2005 the Montana legislature passed a “late registration” law allowing voters who have resided in the County for at least 30 days to register to vote in their new county even after the official closing of registration.

Regular registration is closed 30 days prior to an election in order that all counties in the state can get an accurate count of voters registered in the election.

The new law allows an additional window of opportunity for some voters to still register in a new county and vote in that county.  The window is open right through election day.

One additional stipulation for a voter registering under the late registration law is that the voter is required to vote by absentee ballot and must appear at the election administrator’s office to obtain the absentee ballot.

In this way, the elections’ office staff can check the statewide voter database to be sure the new registrant has not been issued an absentee ballot in another county.    For the first election, the late registered voter cannot vote at the polling place.  Late registration cannot be done through the mail or by fax.

Late registration is available until noon on November 5th, the day before the election at the polls, and then resumes on election day.

If you have questions about eligibility for late registration, please contact the Clerk and Recorder’s office in the Courthouse or call 271-4000.