Montana, which gained statehood on November 8, 1889, was the 41st state to enter the US. The state capital is Helena and Montana’s largest city is Billings. The state, which is the 4th largest in the US, is made up of just over 147,000 square miles. Residents in the state are referred to as Montanans. The state’s major industries include the growing and harvesting of sugar beets and wheat, cattle ranching, and the mining of coal, silver and copper. Other major industries include tourism and the production of oil and lumber.
The highest point in the state is Granite Peak (which rises just under 12,800 feet or just over 3,900 meters above sea level). The lowest point is the Kootenai River, which is situated at 1,800 feet or 550 meters above sea level. The state, which features 56 counties, borders four states (Idaho, both the Dakotas and Wyoming) as well as the country of Canada.
Montana gains its name from the Spanish word for “mountainous.” The state motto reads Oro y Plata – “Gold and Silver” and the state song is “Montana.” Nicknames that have been designated for the state include “Big Sky Country” and the “Treasure State.” Felons who regain their right to vote feel the state in which they live is definitely a “treasure” when it comes to their individual freedom and rights.
Individuals who are incarcerated for a felony cannot vote in Montana. However, the right to vote is instantly restored after a felon is released from prison. Individuals serving time for parole or probation are entitled to vote as well. Felons should re-register to vote in order to enjoy this basic civil liberty. You can cross-reference this information about voting rights here.
Felon Voting Law in Montana
Again, felon voting law in Montana requires that felons re-register to vote after they have been released from prison. Even if they are on probation or parole, they can vote in a state or local election.
You can also vote in the state if –
· You are registered to vote
· You are at least 18 years of age on or before the next scheduled election
· You are a US citizen
· Have been living in Montana for the past 30 days
You cannot vote, even if you meet the above criteria, if –
· You have been convicted of a felony and are serving out a sentence in the penal facility
· You have been judged legally as being of unsound mind
If you have been released from prison then, you need to find out the requirements for registering to vote. You can access this info by clicking on this link.
How a Felon in Montana Can Restore Their Voting Rights
After a felon is released from prison, he can re-register to vote. (He can also vote if he is currently serving time for probation or parole). According to the Secretary of State’s office for Montana, a felon can once again register to vote by –
· Visiting the county election office during the business week between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to fill out a voter’s registration form
· Filling out and signing a registration form upon application of a state ID or driver’s license renewal
· Filling out and signing an application for voter registration and dropping it off at a county election office or mailing it to the county election administrator
Applicants must present either a state ID number or driver’s license when registering to vote. If you do not possess a driver’s license, then you will need to supply the last four numerals of your Social Security number. If you do not have neither of the numbers, you will need to supply another type of identification. You must also provide a residence address in the county where you are registering.
The deadline to register to vote in Montana is 30 days prior to an election. If you miss the deadline, you may still register and vote by submitting a late registration form in the county election office. Once you have registered to vote, you will receive a confirmation from the county election office to verify your registration and to notify you of your polling place and precinct.
Late registration is offered up to the close of the polls on the scheduled election date with the exception of noon to 5:00 pm on the day before the election. Felons who move within the state to another county must re-register to vote at the county election office in their new locale. You can obtain comprehensive information about voting and registration in the state by clicking on this site.
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