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Section 2-6-109, MCA, prohibits, under penalty of law, the use of these lists for unsolicited mass mailings, house calls, distributions and/or telephone calls.

In 2008, the following offices will appear on the ballot:

  • President & Vice President (4 year term)
    Candidates must be at least 35 years old, a natural born citizen, and a U.S. citizen for at least 14 years.

  • United States Senator (6 year term)
    Candidates must be at least 30 years old, a U.S. citizen for at least 9 years, and a resident of Montana.

  • United States Representative (2 year term) Candidates must be at least 25 years old, a U.S. citizen for at least 7 years, and a resident of Montana.

  • Governor and Lieutenant Governor (4 year term)
    Candidates must be at least 25 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of Montana for at least 2 years.

  • Attorney General (4 year term)
    Candidates must be at least 25 years old, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Montana for at least 2 years, and a practicing attorney for at least 5 years.

  • State Auditor (4 year term)
    Candidates must be at least 25 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of Montana for at least 2 years.

  • Secretary of State (4 year term)
    Candidates must be at least 25 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of Montana for at least 2 years.

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction (4 year term)
    Candidates must be at least 25 years old, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Montana for at least 2 years, and carry a bachelor’s degree.

  • Supreme Court Chief Justice (8 year term)
    Candidates must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Montana for at least 2 years, and a practicing attorney for at least 5 years.

  • Supreme Court Justice #3 (8 year term)
    Candidates must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Montana for at least 2 years, and a practicing attorney for at least 5 years.

  • District Court Judge (6 year terms)
    Various seats are available, in District 1 (Dept. 3), 7 (Dept. 2), 8 (Dept. 4), 13 (Depts. 4 and 5), 18 (Dept. 2), 20 (Dept. 1) & 21 (Dept. 2). Candidates must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Montana for at least 2 years, and a practicing attorney for at least 5 years.

  • Public Service Commissioner (4 year terms)
    Seats are available in Districts 2, 3 and 4. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and must live in the district they seek to represent.

  • State Senator (4 year terms)
    Twenty-five seats are available, in Districts 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 41, 43, 45, 46, 47 and 50. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Montana for at least 1 year, and a resident of the county and/or district they seek to represent for at least 6 months preceding the election.

  • State Representative (2 year terms)
    Seats are available in all 100 districts. Candidates must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Montana for at least 1 year, and a resident of the county and/or district they seek to represent for at least 6 months preceding the election.

Detailed information and maps on the redistricted legislative boundaries are available.

Anyone who wants to run in the primary election as a member of a qualified political party must have filed with the Secretary of State’s Office anytime between 8 a.m. on January 22, 2008 and 5 p.m. on March 20, 2008.

If you are interested in running as a presidential candidate, an independent, write-in candidate or as a representative of a party that has not qualified for the ballot in Montana, please contact Elections and Government Services at (406) 444-5346 or by email at soselection@mt.gov.

Candidate filings

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.

Legislative Districts

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

Political Party Affiliations

Anyone who wants to run in the primary election as a member of a qualified political party must have filed with the Secretary of State’s Office anytime between 8 a.m. on January 22, 2008 and 5 p.m. on March 20, 2008.

Four political parties are qualified for the ballot in Montana. If you are interested in running as an independent or as a representative of a party that has not qualified for the ballot in Montana, please contact the Secretary of State's toll-free voter hotline below for more information.

Filing Forms and Fees:

All the forms below are in .pdf format. The free Acrobat Reader is available for download to use these forms.

Office Filing Fee
President &
Vice President
No Fee

United States Senator

$1693.00
United States Representative
Governor & Lieutenant Governor $1791.27
Attorney General $896.02
State Auditor $791.37
Secretary of State $791.29
Superintendent of Public Instruction $992.74
Supreme Court Chief Justice $1074.04
Supreme Court Justice $1061.85
District Court Judge $992.34
Public Service Commissioner $812.99
State Senator $15.00
State Representative $15.00
Write-in Candidate Fee depends on office

Candidate change of address form.

How to File as a Write-in Candidate

Filing fees are subject to change.

Toll-free Voter Hotline: 1-888-884-VOTE (8683)

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Elections and Government Services Division • P.O. Box 202801 • Helena, MT 59620-2801
State Capitol, Room 260 • 1301 6th Avenue • Helena, MT 59620
(406) 444-4732 • soselection@mt.gov • Fax (406) 444-2023

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