Political Parties

Political parties must meet certain statutory requirements in order to nominate candidates for the ballot in Montana. A party automatically qualifies for the ballot if it had a candidate for statewide office in either of the last two general elections who received a total number of votes that was 5 percent or more of the total number of votes cast for the most recent successful candidate for governor.

If a political party does not meet that requirement, it may qualify to nominate its candidates by circulating a petition requesting a primary election. The petition must be in a form prescribed by the Secretary of State and must include an Affidavit of Petition Signature Gatherer. Additional political party information and specific requirements can be found at https://sosmt.gov/elections/filing/information.

Please contact the Secretary of State’s office at 406-444-9608 or contact Elections and Voter Services at [email protected] for more information.

Currently Qualified Political Parties

Last updated November 20, 2019

Democratic Party
P.O. Box 802
Helena, MT 59624
(406) 442-9520
Fax: (406) 442-9534

Libertarian Party
175 Hutton Ranch Road
Suite 103 PMB 170
Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 404-6453

Republican Party
P.O. Box 935
Helena, MT 59624
(406) 442-6469
Fax: (406) 442-3293

Montana Secretary of State – Corey Stapleton
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