MISSOULA, Mont. — Local elections administrators say there are a lot of third-party absentee ballot applications and voter registration forms hitting mailboxes, and it’s causing confusion for some voters.
The forms are legitimate and are not illegal, but you may not need to fill them out.
The easiest way to check on your voter registration status is to go to the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page online and make sure you’re active and registered. Here’s a tip -- if your name has a hyphen or apostrophe in it, leave those out when searching.
You can also call your county elections office.
“We really want to make sure people are getting the best info they can directly from their county elections office,” said Missoula County Elections Administrator Bradley Seaman.
Seaman’s office sent out two mailers Thursday to inactive voters and traditional polling place voters to help guide them through the process of voting by mail.
As of Thursday, 45 out of 56 Montana counties will hold mail ballot elections Nov. 3. If you live in one of those counties, you’ll automatically get a ballot mailed to you, so filling out an absentee ballot application isn’t necessary.
The mail ballot directive issued by Gov. Steve Bullock is being challenged in court by the Trump campaign, Montana GOP and other national GOP groups, but for now it still stands.