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Opens: 8:00 a.m. Thursday, January 11, 2024.
Closes: 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2024.

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2024 Candidate Info

Montana has a rich history of civic engagement and passionate leaders who have worked tirelessly to make our state a better place. By choosing to run for office, you are continuing this tradition and contributing to the future of our great state.

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(Section 2-6-1017, MCA prohibits, under penalty of law, the use of these lists for unsolicited mass mailings, house calls, distributions and/or telephone calls.)

Offices on the Ballot

The specific offices on the ballot can vary depending on the election cycle and the level of government (local, state, or federal) for which the election is being held. In Montana, as in many other states in the United States, the following are common offices that may appear on the ballot during different election cycles:

  • Term: 4-Years

  • Term: 4-Years

  • Term: 4-Years

  • Term: 4-Years

  • Term: 8-Years
  • District(s): #3
  • Term: 6-Years
  • District(s): 
    • District 1, Dept 1

    • District 1, Dept 2

    • District 2, Dept 1

    • District 2, Dept 2

    • District 3, Dept 1

    • District 4, Dept 1

    • District 4, Dept 2

    • District 4, Dept 3

    • District 5, Dept 1

    • District 6, Dept 1

    • District 7, Dept 1

    • District 8, Dept 1

    • District 8, Dept 2

    • District 8, Dept 3

    • District 9, Dept 1

    • District 10, Dept 1

    • District 11, Dept 1

    • District 11, Dept 2

    • District 11, Dept 3

    • District 12, Dept 1

    • District 13, Dept 1

    • District 13, Dept 2

    • District 13, Dept 3

    • District 13, Dept 7

    • District 13, Dept 8

    • District 14, Dept 1

    • District 15, Dept 1

    • District 16, Dept 1

    • District 16, Dept 2

    • District 17, Dept 1

    • District 18, Dept 1

    • District 18, Dept 3

    • District 20, Dept 1

    • District 20, Dept 2

    • District 22, Dept 1

  • Term: 4-Years
  • District(s): #2, #3, #4

PSC Litigation update: The Federal District Court ruled on 3/8/22 in the case of Brown v. Jacobsen (CV 21–92–H–PJW–DWM–BMM). The order enjoined the 2003 Commission map and ordered a temporary map included in the federal court decision to certify candidates in District 1 and 5 for the 2022 election. The temporary map has Glacier, Pondera, and Musselshell County in PSC District 1 and Deer Lodge County in District 4. Candidates who have filed or considering filing for PSC District #1 or #5 should verify their eligibility with the new district boundaries. Note, the temporary map expires upon legislative adoption of new districts by regular or special session.

  • Term: 4-Years
  • District(s): 2, 3, 5, 7, 13, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 24, 26, 27, 30, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 44, 45, 46, 47
  • Term: 2-Years
  • District(s): 1-100
Election services

Information and Forms for Candidates

Declaration for Nomination and Oath of Candidacy

Office of the Governor Declaration for Nomination and Oath of Candidacy

Filing Information

For Major Party Candidates and Candidates for Nonpartisan Offices

2024 Offices, Qualifications, and Fees

Candidate Calendar

Write-In

Candidate Forms and Filing Information

Independent/Minor Party/Indigent

Political Party Qualification

Presidential Declaration for Nomination and Oath of Candidacy

Term Limits

Change of Address – Legislature

Withdrawal of Candidacy

Candidate Appointment

Petition for Recount

Applicable Laws

Candidate Filing

Legislature Districts

For detailed legislative district maps for elections held from 2014-2032, please follow the links below:

2024 potential candidates please note: due to the 2023 Redistricting plan, legislative candidates should carefully check the House or Senate District boundaries to determine that you meet candidacy or office qualifications.

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

Political Party Affiliations

Interested in Running as a Candidate?

If you are interested in running as a candidate for one of Montana’s qualified political parties, or as a write-in candidate, independent or as a representative of a party that has not qualified for the ballot in Montana. Use the resources below.

Need more info please contact the Secretary of State’s office at 406-444-9608 for more information, or contact use the contact us link below.

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Parties Qualified

Forms & Filing
Write-In Candidates

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Elections

Campaign Finance

Commissioner of Political Practices

The Elections and Voter Services Division is not responsible for campaign or lobbying issues. A separate agency, the Commissioner of Political Practices, has jurisdiction over campaign finance and campaign issues. The commissioner also monitors and enforces laws relating to lobbying disclosure and ethical standards of conduct for legislators, public officers, and state employees.

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