Elections

2022 Filing Packet Federal Primary

2022 Filing for Precinct Committee Persons

2022 Filing Packet School Trustees

Political Signs - City of GFState Law

Election Calendar


What is on the next ballot?

May 3, 2022 - School and Special Purpose District Elections

Voters will select trustees for school board, volunteer fire districts, water and/or sewer districts, and other special purpose districts. Ballots may also include questions such as levies.

Note: if there is no contest for a school or special purpose district, the election will be cancelled.


June 7, 2022 - Federal, State, and County Primary Election

At the Primary election, voters nominate candidates from a political party to run in the November General election for federal, state, and county offices. 

Montana has an "Open Primary" system. This means:

√ You do not register to vote with a political party.

√ You get to choose which party's primary you want to nominate candidates from; and

√ Your choice is secret.

√ You are still limited to voting in ONE party's primary election. 

Here's how it works: Absentee voters will be sent all political party ballots, and choose one to vote and return in their ballot secrecy envelope. The ballot secrecy envelope is returned in an outer envelope that is signed by the voter. It is important to only vote ONE party ballot. If you return two voted party ballots in your secrecy envelope, they will be rejected.

Polling place voters will also be provided with all party ballots, and must choose one to vote. Election judges at the polls will instruct voters to place their voted ballot in a separate secrecy sleeve from their unvoted ballots. The judges will deposit the voted ballot in the ballot box, and the unvoted ballots in a separate container. Because the ballots are placed in secrecy sleeves, the judges do not know which party ballot the elector voted.

Whether you vote absentee or at the polls, there is no record of which party ballot you voted.

Remember, you can only nominate candidates from ONE political party. We hear from voters who have questions like, "I want to vote to nominate someone for Senator from the Democratic party, and to nominate someone for Representative from the Republican party - how can I do that?" This is not possible. Our Open Primary system allows you to choose which party's primary to vote in without pre-registering with that party. You must still choose one party's primary to vote in.

Though you may only nominate candidates from one political party in the Primary, at the November General election you may vote for candidates from different political parties if you wish.


Each candidate for office must affirm when filing that they meet (or will meet within constitutional and statutory deadlines) the qualifications prescribed by the Constitution and laws of the United States and the State of Montana.

Candidates should refer to the Commissioner of Political Practices for candidate financial reporting information and forms to ensure their name appear on the ballot.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Elections Office at 406-454-6803.