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Voting Access Scorecard - Montana

The Franchise Project’s Voting Access Scorecard ranks how accessible voting is in Montana. The Voting Access Scorecard measures the accessibility of American elections by analyzing state election laws and practices. Each state’s performance is based on 30 measurable metrics shown to affect accessibility and foster participation. All metrics are weighted equally to fairly assess all states and their practices. If answered in the affirmative, each metric is worth 1 point, for a total of 30 points. Note that if a practice varies by county or municipality, e.g. the number of early voting locations in Wisconsin, the state only received 0.5 points for that metric. Note: Y=Yes, N=No, and V=Varies by Municipality/County.

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Overall score: 20 / 30

Y=Yes, N=No, V=Varies by County/Municipality

State registration deadline is the Friday before Election Day or later
MT Code §§ 13-2-301 and 13-2-304: http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/13/2/13-2-301.htm; http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/13/2/13-2-304.htm
Y
State offers Election Day registration
MT Code §§ 13-2-301 and 13-2-304: http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/13/2/13-2-301.htm; http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/13/2/13-2-304.htm
Y
State has automatic registration
Montana Secretary of State: https://sos.mt.gov/elections/vote/index
N
State does NOT create barriers to voter registration by third parties (e.g. allows third party registration, does not require registration drive training or notification)
Montana Secretary of State: https://sos.mt.gov/elections/vote/index
Y
State does NOT impose fines or criminal penalties for negligent/accidential voter registration mistakes
Montana Secretary of State: https://sos.mt.gov/elections/vote/index
Y
State offers early voting/in-person absentee voting in multiple locations per municipality/county
Montana Secretary of State: http://sos.mt.gov/elections/faq#371134460-absentee-voting
N
State offers early voting/in-person absentee voting during evenings and/or weekends
Montana Secretary of State: http://sos.mt.gov/elections/faq#371134460-absentee-voting
N
State allows no-excuse early voting/in-person absentee voting
Montana Secretary of State: http://sos.mt.gov/elections/faq#371134460-absentee-voting
Y
State holds all elections entirely by mail
Montana Secretary of State: http://sos.mt.gov/elections/faq#371134460-absentee-voting
N
State does NOT require an excuse to vote by mail
Montana Secretary of State: http://sos.mt.gov/elections/faq#371134460-absentee-voting
Y
State deadline to return absentee ballot is NO earlier than Election Day (via any type of delivery)
Montana Secretary of State: http://sos.mt.gov/elections/absentee
Y
State allows all voters to sign up to vote by absentee permanently
Mont. Code Ann. §13-13-212(4): http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/13/13/13-13-212.htm
Y
State allows voters to request vote by mail ballot online
Montana Secretary of State: https://sos.mt.gov/elections/absentee
N
State allows voters to register online
Montana Secretary of State: http://sos.mt.gov/portals/142/Elections/documents/Officials/Voter-Registration-Application.pdf
N
State allows voters to check their Election Day polling location online
Montana Secretary of State: https://app.mt.gov/voterinfo/
Y
State allows voters to check their vote by mail status online
Montana Secretary of State: https://app.mt.gov/voterinfo/
Y
State does NOT require a Photo ID to vote on Election Day
Montana Secretary of State: http://sos.mt.gov/elections/faq#371134456-identification
Y
State does NOT require a Photo ID to vote early or by mail
Montana Secretary of State: http://sos.mt.gov/elections/faq#371134456-identification
Y
If ID required, State allows voter to vote through alternative process that does not require voter action (Note: full points received if no ID required at all)
Montana Secretary of State: http://sos.mt.gov/elections/faq#371134456-identification
Y
During voter maintenance process, if address has not changed, state allows voter to simply mail back confirmation form
MT Code 13-2-402(7): http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/13/2/13-2-402.htm (registration may be cancelled if voter fails to respond to confirmation mailings, is placed on the inactive list, and then fails to vote in two consecutive federal general elections).
Y
State is NOT a member of Interstate Crosscheck
Bryan Caskey, Kansas Secretary of State, Director of Elections (email communication, May 24, 2017)
Y
State is Member of ERIC
ERIC, http://www.ericstates.org/whowear John Lindback, ERIC Executive Director (email communication, May 25, 2017)
N
State refused to comply with the Pence-Kobach voter registration data request
Montana will only provide public information. Independent Record: http://helenair.com/news/politics/state/montana-won-t-give-up-private-voter-info-to-trump/article_a4744742-f9bc-5976-8d2e-f275d8defed3.html
N
State allows individuals to vote when their sentence is complete
MT Code § 13-1-111: http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/13/1/13-1-111.htm
Y
State allows individuals to vote during their term of incarceration
MT Code § 13-1-111: http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/13/1/13-1-111.htm
N
State allows individuals to vote after incarceration, while on probation or parole
MT Code § 13-1-111: http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/13/1/13-1-111.htm
Y
State voting technology requires a paper trail
MT Code § 13-17-103: http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/13/17/13-17-103.htm
Y
State requires poll worker training
Must attend training and receive a current certificate of training. Mont. Code § 13-4-102: http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/13/4/13-4-102.htm; § 13-4-203: http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/13/4/13-4-203.htm
Y
State law requires voting machines to meet federal standards, testing by a federally accredited laboratory, or federal certification
Montana Secretary of State: http://sos.mt.gov/elections/faq#371134463-voting-systems
N
State provides readily accessible voting technology information
Montana Secretary of State: http://sos.mt.gov/elections/faq#371134463-voting-systems
Y

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