On Tuesday morning, the Gallatin County Commission voted 2-1 in support of mail-in voting for the upcoming November election.

Commissioners Scott MacFarlane and Don Seifert voted in favor of mail-in voting. Commissioner Joe Skinner voted against it.

The vote means that ballots will be mailed to Gallatin County residents in November. Voters will still have the opportunity to drop off ballots in person at the election office, and more drop-off locations are likely to be added throughout the country before the election in November. Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters in Gallatin County on Oct. 9. Prepaid return postage will be provided.

Last week, Governor Steve Bullock issued a directive that allows Montana counties the option of conducting the Nov. 3, 2020 general election by mail ballots. Today, commissioners voted in favor of a resolution to use that option in Gallatin County.

Regular voter registration for the November election will close on Monday, Oct. 26. Late registration begins the following day and continues until noon the day before the election. During late registration, voters must appear in-person at the Gallatin County Election Department located at 311 West Main St. in order to register or make changes to their registration. Election Day registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. and conclude at 8:00 p.m. on November 3. All persons in line at 8:00 p.m. will qualify for registration. To check your voter registration status, click here.

Gallatin County residents also have the option of registering to vote by email. For more information or questions, click here or give the Gallatin County Elections Office a call at 406-582-3060.