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2016 Candidate Information

Use the online candidate filing service to file for office and pay the filing fee - available at 8:00 a.m. January 14, 2016; or file in person at the Secretary of State's office or by mail or fax (filing fee must be paid at time of filing).  Local candidates file with the county election office.

  • 2016 Election Candidate Calendar
  • January 14, 2016 – First day for declarations for nomination to be filed for Primary Election
  • March 14, 2016 – 5:00 p.m. last day for candidates to file declarations for Primary Election
  • May 30, 2016 – 5:00 p.m. last day for Independent/Minor Party/Indigent candidates to submit signed petitions to county election administrators (declaration and filing fee are due to appropriate filing officer by June 6, 2016)
  • June 7, 2016 – Primary Election
  • November 8, 2016 – Federal General Election
  • Candidate Campaign Finance Requirements
    • A separate agency, the Commissioner of Political Practices, handles campaign finance filings
    • Contact the office of the Commissioner of Political Practices for information on filing a C-1-A, C-3 and other campaign finance forms: 406-444-2942

Offices on the 2016 Ballot

2016 Offices, Qualifications and Fees

  • President and Vice President, 4-year term
  • United States Representative, 2-year term
  • Governor and Lieutenant Governor, 4-year term
  • Secretary of State, 4-year term
  • Attorney General, 4-year term
  • State Auditor, 4-year term
  • Superintendent of Public Instruction, 4-year term
  • Public Service Commissioner, 4-year term
    • District 2
    • District 3
    • District 4
  • Supreme Court Justice, 8-year term
    • Chief Justice
    • Seat 3
    • Seat 6* remainder of term
  • District Court Judge, 6-year term
    • District 1, Dept. 4
    • District 4, Dept. 1* remainder of term
    • District 4, Dept. 4
    • District 11, Dept. 4
    • District 13, Dept. 3* remainder of term
    • District 13, Dept. 6
    • District 19, Dept. 1
    • District 21, Dept. 1
  • State Senator, 4-year term
    • Districts 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21,

               23, 25, 26, 28, 31, 35, 36, 37, 38,

               39, 40, 44, 45, 46, and 47

  • State Representative, 2-year term
    • Districts 1 - 100

Forms for Candidates

Legislative Districts

Detailed information and maps on the new legislative districts are available at the following links:

2016 potential candidates please note: due to the 2013 Redistricting Plan, legislative candidates should carefully check the newly drawn 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

  • If you are interested in running as a candidate for one of Montana's qualified political parties, check the status of parties currently qualified for the ballot here
  • If you are interested in running as a write-in candidate, independent or as a representative of a party that has not qualified for the ballot in Montana, please visit Forms and Filing Information or contact the Secretary of State's office at 406-444-5346 for more information, or contact the elections division at soselections@mt.gov.

Campaign Finance

Elections and Government Services 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.