Montana is known for its untamed landscape, abundant wildlife, and friendly conversation. We’re a state of big skies, small towns, and neighbors helping neighbors. Montanans are proud to support the men and women who serve this country in uniform.
Montana is home to roughly 10,000 military service members and their families. An additional 104,000 veterans can be found at the local coffee house sharing stories of sacrifice and duty with younger generations.
To support these heroes, Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch works to ensure voting is as easy and accessible as possible. She launched the Secretary of State’s Electronic Absentee System (EAS) to allow Montana’s active military servicemen and women to register and vote with ease and confidence. The EAS system allows absent military and overseas citizen electors to seamlessly register to vote and apply for, receive and mark a statewide ballot electronically. The ballot can then be returned by mail, email or fax to the county election office.
Whether a service member is stationed at home or overseas, they can register and vote right up through the close of polls on Election Day. If voting early, individuals can track the status of their absentee ballot online to see when it was sent, and when it was received back in the county election office. The online tracking service was developed to enhance transparency and voters’ confidence in the elections process.
Secretary McCulloch continues to provide on-site elections assistance to military voters at pre-deployment events, and utilizes web-based services to disperse the tools and information needed to successfully cast a ballot from anywhere outside a Montana voting residence.
Montana looks forward to continuing its great track record of protecting the voting rights of America’s military service members and their families. We will continue to enhance our online services and make it easier for all uniformed and overseas citizen voters to register to vote and obtain, return and track the status of their absentee ballots.