To our Montana family,
In preparation for the midterm election on November 8, we have prepared the following state voter guide to help you navigate and prepare for Election Day: where to vote; how to vote; and what’s on your ballot. We hope you find this guide helpful!
Please use this guide and share it with people who need it. An educated voter is a smart voter! Vote Smart!
Election Guide 2022:
Voter Registration Information:
Need to get registered, request an absentee ballot, or find your local polling place? All of that information and more can be found here: https://justfacts.votesmart.org/elections/voter-registration/MT
Need to contact your local election office for questions about your registration, ballot, polling place, or any other elections question? Find all their contact information here: https://justfacts.votesmart.org/elections/offices/MT
Congressional Elections: Two seats for the U.S. House of Representatives and zero seats for the U.S. Senate are up for election this year. See all the candidates running in these elections here:
Notable races include:
John Lamb, Monica Tranel, and Ryan Zinke are running for district 1 of the U.S. House of Representatives;
Gary Buchanan, Sam Rankin, Penny Ronning, and Matt Rosendale are running for district 2 of the U.S. House of Representatives.
State Legislature Elections:100 seats for the Montana House of Representatives and 25 seats for the Montana Senate are up for election this year. See all the candidates running in these elections here:
Statewide Elections: Two seats for Public Service Commissioner are up for election this year. See all the candidates running in these elections here:
State Judicial Elections: Two justices are up for election this year from the Montana Supreme Court. See all the candidates running in these elections here:
Here are the statewide ballot measures appearing on your November ballot:
Search Warrant for Electronic Data Amendment: an act submitting to the qualified electors of Montana an amendment to Article II, Section 11, of the Montana Constitution to explicitly include electronic data and communications in search and seizure protections.
Medical Care Requirements for Born-Alive Infants Measure: The measure would require medical care to be provided to infants born alive by classifying a born-alive infant as “a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the state ... entitled to the protections of the laws, including the right to appropriate and reasonable medical care and treatment." The law would require infants that are born alive after an induced labor, a cesarean section, an attempted abortion, or another method to receive medical care. Under the law, a healthcare provider that "purposely, knowingly, or negligently violates" this requirement by not providing care would be convicted of a felony with a maximum sentence of a $50,000 fine and/or 20 years in prison. Healthcare providers aware of violations of the proposed law would be required to report violations to law enforcement. The law would take effect on January 1, 2023. Currently, Montana law states that a person commits an offense if they "purposely, knowingly, or negligently cause the death of a premature infant born alive, if the infant is viable." The maximum punishment for negligent homicide is time in prison not to exceed 20 years and a fine not to exceed $50,000. The maximum punishment for deliberate homicide is the death penalty, life imprisonment, or prison time not to exceed 100 years.
See the full list of all 2022 national statewide ballot measures here: https://justfacts.votesmart.org/elections/ballot-measures/2022
Happy Election Season!
The Vote Smart Team