2020 Candidate Filing Information

Special Purpose District Candidate Filing Information and Forms

Candidate Filing Opens: December 12, 2019

Candidate Filing Closes: February 10, 2020

Deadline to file as a write-in candidate: March 2, 2020

Filing Location: Lewis & Clark County Elections Office

Election Date: May 5, 2020

School District Candidate Filing Information and Forms

Candidate Filing Opens: December 12, 2019

Candidate Filing Closes: March 26, 2020

Deadline to file as a write-in candidate: April 2, 2020

Filing Location: School District Clerk's Office

Election Date: May 5, 2020

County Candidate Filing Information and Forms

Candidate Filing Opens: January 9, 2020

Candidate Filing Closes: March 9, 2020

Deadline to file as a write-in candidate for the Primary Election: March 30, 2020

Deadline to file as a write-in candidate for the General Election: August 31, 2020

Date of Primary Election: June 2, 2020

Date of General Election: November 3, 2020

Filing Location: Lewis & Clark County Elections Office

Information on qualifications and filing fees Note: it is your responsibility to determine whether or not you are eligible to hold an office. This chart is informational only; we cannot advise if you are eligible to run for office.

Information on how to file for office

Information for Indigent Candidates. Please also review the information on the Secretary of State's Website at https://sosmt.gov/elections/information/.

State and Federal Candidate Filing Information and Forms

Candidate Filing Opens: January 9, 2020

Candidate Filing Closes: March 9, 2020

Deadline to file as a write-in candidate for the Primary Election: April 8, 2020

Deadline to file as a write-in candidate for the General Election: September 9, 2020

Filing Location: Montana Secretary of State's Office

Information on qualifications and filing fees Note: it is your responsibility to determine whether or not you are eligible to hold an office. This chart is informational only; we cannot advise if you are eligible to run for office.

Information on how to file for office

Information for Independent, Minor Party, and Indigent Candidates is available on the Secretary of State's Website at https://sosmt.gov/elections/information/.

School Districts Electing Officers in 2019

School districts conduct their own respective elections unless it is requested that the county do so. Contact school boards for specific information regarding elections in 2019.

School Districts Electing Officers in 2019

School districts conduct their own respective elections unless it is requested that the county do so. Contact school boards for specific information regarding elections in 2019.

Special Purpose Districts Electing Officers in 2019

Fire Districts and Fire Service Areas

Augusta Fire Service Area

Augusta Volunteer Fire District

Baxendale Volunteer Fire District

Birdseye Volunteer Fire District

Canyon Creek Rural Fire District

East Helena Valley Volunteer Fire District

Eastgate Volunteer Fire District

Lincoln Fire District

Marysville Volunteer Fire District

Tri-Lakes Fire Service Area

West Helena Valley Fire District

Wolf Creek/Craig Fire Service Area

York Fire Service Area

 

County Water and/or Sewer Districts

East Clark Street Water/Sewer District

Northstar County Water and/or Sewer District

 

Community Councils

Upper Blackfoot Valley Community Council

 

Hospital Districts

Lincoln Hospital District

 

Irrigation Districts - Election is held with annual meeting in March

Helena Valley Irrigation District

School Districts Electing Officers in 2019

School districts conduct their own respective elections unless it is requested that the county do so. Contact school boards for specific information regarding elections in 2019.

School Districts Electing Officers in 2019

School districts conduct their own respective elections unless it is requested that the county do so. Contact school boards for specific information regarding elections in 2019.

Special Purpose Districts Electing Officers in 2020

Fire Districts and Fire Service Areas

Augusta Fire Service Area

Augusta Volunteer Fire District

Baxendale Volunteer Fire District

Birdseye Volunteer Fire District

Canyon Creek Rural Fire District

East Helena Valley Volunteer Fire District

Eastgate Volunteer Fire District

Lincoln Fire District

Marysville Volunteer Fire District

Tri-Lakes Fire Service Area

West Helena Valley Fire District

Wolf Creek/Craig Fire Service Area

York Fire Service Area

 

Community Councils

Upper Blackfoot Valley Community Council

 

Park Districts

Treasure State Acres Park District

 

 

County Water and/or Sewer Districts

Augusta Community Water/Sewer District

Bridge Creek Estates Water/Sewer District

Craig Water/Sewer District

East Canyon Ferry Water/Sewer District

East Clark Street Water/Sewer District

La Casa Grande Water/Sewer District

Lincoln/Lewis and Clark Sewer District

Northstar County Water and/or Sewer District

Ranchview Water and/or Sewer District

Rimini Community Water/Sewer District

Ten Mile Creek Estates/Pleasant Valley Water/Sewer District

Treasure State Acres County Sewer District

West Canyon Ferry County Water/Sewer District

Wolf Creek County Water/Sewer District

 

Hospital Districts

Lincoln Hospital District

 

Irrigation Districts - Election is held with annual meeting in March

Helena Valley Irrigation District

Offices to be Elected in Lewis and Clark County in 2020

Special Purpose Districts Electing Officers in 2020

Fire Districts and Fire Service Areas

Augusta Fire Service Area

Augusta Volunteer Fire District

Baxendale Volunteer Fire District

Birdseye Volunteer Fire District

Canyon Creek Rural Fire District

East Helena Valley Volunteer Fire District

Eastgate Volunteer Fire District

Lincoln Fire District

Marysville Volunteer Fire District

Tri-Lakes Fire Service Area

West Helena Valley Fire District

Wolf Creek/Craig Fire Service Area

York Fire Service Area

 

Community Councils

Upper Blackfoot Valley Community Council

 

Park Districts

Treasure State Acres Park District

 

 

County Water and/or Sewer Districts

Augusta Community Water/Sewer District

Bridge Creek Estates Water/Sewer District

Craig Water/Sewer District

East Canyon Ferry Water/Sewer District

East Clark Street Water/Sewer District

La Casa Grande Water/Sewer District

Lincoln/Lewis and Clark Sewer District

Northstar County Water and/or Sewer District

Ranchview Water and/or Sewer District

Rimini Community Water/Sewer District

Ten Mile Creek Estates/Pleasant Valley Water/Sewer District

Treasure State Acres County Sewer District

West Canyon Ferry County Water/Sewer District

Wolf Creek County Water/Sewer District

 

Hospital Districts

Lincoln Hospital District

 

Irrigation Districts - Election is held with annual meeting in March

Helena Valley Irrigation District

School Districts Electing Officers in 2020

Please contact the school district's clerk to determine which offices are up for election in 2020. School districts conduct their own respective elections, though they have the option of requesting the county conduct the election. 

 

Lewis & Clark County Conservation District

The Area 3, Area 4, and Area 7 Supervisor positions are up for election in 2020. The candidate filing period opens January 9, 2020, and closes March 9, 2020, following the same calendar as County, State, and Federal offices.

 

Lewis & Clark County Officers to be elected in 2020

Note: it is your responsibility to determine whether or not you are eligible to hold an office. This chart is informational only; we cannot advise if you are eligible to run for office.

 

State and Federal Officers to be elected in 2020

Note: it is your responsibility to determine whether or not you are eligible to hold an office. This chart is informational only; we cannot advise if you are eligible to run for office.

 

Precinct Committee People

 All precinct committee positions are up for election in 2020. 

2018 Candidate Filing Information and Forms

2018 Election DateType of DistrictCandidate Filing PeriodFiling FormWhere to File
March 28Irrigation

Opens: November 3

Closes: January 2

Write-in Candidate Filing Deadline: January 22

Special Purpose District Candidate Filing FormCounty Elections Office
May 8Special Purpose (excluding Irrigation and Conservation Districts)

Opens: December 14

Closes: February 12

Write-in Candidate Filing Deadline: March 5

Special Purpose District Candidate Filing FormCounty Elections Office
May 8School

Opens: December 14

Closes: March 29

Write-in Candidate Filing Deadline: April 5

School District Candidate Filing FormFor Helena School District #1: School District Business Office (until March 28, or County Elections Office until March 29)For all other school districts: School Clerk
June 5County

Opens: January 11

Closes: March 12

Write-in Candidate Filing Deadline: April 27

Lewis and Clark County County Candidate Filing Form (all offices except County Superintendent of Schools)

Lewis and Clark County Superintendent of Schools Candidate Filing Form

County Elections Office
June 5State/Federal

Opens: January 11

Closes: March 12

Write-in Candidate Filing Deadline: April 27

State of Montana Candidate Filing InformationSecretary of State's Office

June 5 Primary

(if required)

Soil Conservation

Opens: January 11

Closes: March 12

Write-in Candidate Filing Deadline: September 3

Special Purpose District Candidate Filing FormCounty Elections Office

Offices to be Elected in Lewis and Clark County in 2020

Special Purpose Districts Electing Officers in 2020

Fire Districts and Fire Service Areas

Augusta Fire Service Area

Augusta Volunteer Fire District

Baxendale Volunteer Fire District

Birdseye Volunteer Fire District

Canyon Creek Rural Fire District

East Helena Valley Volunteer Fire District

Eastgate Volunteer Fire District

Lincoln Fire District

Marysville Volunteer Fire District

Tri-Lakes Fire Service Area

West Helena Valley Fire District

Wolf Creek/Craig Fire Service Area

York Fire Service Area

 

Community Councils

Upper Blackfoot Valley Community Council

 

Park Districts

Treasure State Acres Park District

 

 

County Water and/or Sewer Districts

Augusta Community Water/Sewer District

Bridge Creek Estates Water/Sewer District

Craig Water/Sewer District

East Canyon Ferry Water/Sewer District

East Clark Street Water/Sewer District

La Casa Grande Water/Sewer District

Lincoln/Lewis and Clark Sewer District

Northstar County Water and/or Sewer District

Ranchview Water and/or Sewer District

Rimini Community Water/Sewer District

Ten Mile Creek Estates/Pleasant Valley Water/Sewer District

Treasure State Acres County Sewer District

West Canyon Ferry County Water/Sewer District

Wolf Creek County Water/Sewer District

 

Hospital Districts

Lincoln Hospital District

 

Irrigation Districts - Election is held with annual meeting in March

Helena Valley Irrigation District

School Districts Electing Officers in 2020

Please contact the school district's clerk to determine which offices are up for election in 2020. School districts conduct their own respective elections, though they have the option of requesting the county conduct the election. 

 

Lewis & Clark County Conservation District

The Area 3, Area 4, and Area 7 Supervisor positions are up for election in 2020. The candidate filing period opens January 9, 2020, and closes March 9, 2020, following the same calendar as County, State, and Federal offices.

 

Lewis & Clark County Officers to be elected in 2020

Note: it is your responsibility to determine whether or not you are eligible to hold an office. This chart is informational only; we cannot advise if you are eligible to run for office.

 

State and Federal Officers to be elected in 2020

Note: it is your responsibility to determine whether or not you are eligible to hold an office. This chart is informational only; we cannot advise if you are eligible to run for office.

 

Precinct Committee People

 All precinct committee positions are up for election in 2020. 

2020 Candidate Filing Information

Special Purpose District Candidate Filing Information and Forms

Candidate Filing Opens: December 12, 2019

Candidate Filing Closes: February 10, 2020

Deadline to file as a write-in candidate: March 2, 2020

Filing Location: Lewis & Clark County Elections Office

Election Date: May 5, 2020

School District Candidate Filing Information and Forms

Candidate Filing Opens: December 12, 2019

Candidate Filing Closes: March 26, 2020

Deadline to file as a write-in candidate: April 2, 2020

Filing Location: School District Clerk's Office

Election Date: May 5, 2020

County Candidate Filing Information and Forms

Candidate Filing Opens: January 9, 2020

Candidate Filing Closes: March 9, 2020

Deadline to file as a write-in candidate for the Primary Election: March 30, 2020

Deadline to file as a write-in candidate for the General Election: August 31, 2020

Date of Primary Election: June 2, 2020

Date of General Election: November 3, 2020

Filing Location: Lewis & Clark County Elections Office

Information on qualifications and filing fees Note: it is your responsibility to determine whether or not you are eligible to hold an office. This chart is informational only; we cannot advise if you are eligible to run for office.

Information on how to file for office

Information for Indigent Candidates. Please also review the information on the Secretary of State's Website at https://sosmt.gov/elections/information/.

State and Federal Candidate Filing Information and Forms

Candidate Filing Opens: January 9, 2020

Candidate Filing Closes: March 9, 2020

Deadline to file as a write-in candidate for the Primary Election: April 8, 2020

Deadline to file as a write-in candidate for the General Election: September 9, 2020

Filing Location: Montana Secretary of State's Office

Information on qualifications and filing fees Note: it is your responsibility to determine whether or not you are eligible to hold an office. This chart is informational only; we cannot advise if you are eligible to run for office.

Information on how to file for office

Information for Independent, Minor Party, and Indigent Candidates is available on the Secretary of State's Website at https://sosmt.gov/elections/information/.

Campaign Regulations & Campaign Finance

The Commissioner of Political Practices enforces campaign finance and campaign practice laws. For more information about campaign practices, finances, and related reports, visit the Commissioner of Political Practices' website.

Political Party Central Committee Elections (Precinct Committeeman and Precinct Committeewoman)

Each party may elect at each Federal Primary Election one person of each sex to serve as committee representatives for each election precinct. The committee representatives must be residents and registered voters of the precinct. The powers and structure of political parties are further outlined in Montana Code Annotated, Title 13, Chapter 38

To file as a candidate for Precinct Committeeman or Precinct Committeewoman at the 2020 Federal Primary Election, submit the Declaration for Nomination and Oath of Candidacy for Precinct Committeemen and Committeewomen to the elections office by 5:00pm on March 9, 2020. If the election for a Precinct's Committeeman and Committeewoman positions is not contested, the election for Committeeman and Committeewoman will be canceled in that Precinct.

If you have questions about the candidate filing or the Primary Election process for Precinct Committeepeople, please contact the county elections office.

For more information on Party Central Committees, please contact the Democratic or Republican party's State or County Central Committees directly.

Information for Independent, Minor Party, and Indigent Candidates

Independent, minor party, or indigent candidates must collect signatures in order for their name to appear on the ballot. The signatures collected must be from registered voters eligible to vote for the office, and must total at least 5% or more of the total votes cast for the successful candidate for the same office at the last general election.

For more information on running as an independent, minor party, or indigent candidate, please review the https://sosmt.gov/elections/information/

For a list of the number of signatures required to run as an indigent candidate in Lewis and Clark County, click here.

Political Sign Regulations

In the City of Helena political signs are regulated by city ordinance and cannot be placed on city property or on public rights-of-way, including boulevards between the sidewalk and street. The Helena Community Development Department has some information about sign regulations. If you have questions or would like to report a violation, contact Elroy Golemon at 406-447-8448.

In the State of Montana the Montana Department of Transportation regulates political sign placement on interstate highways in accordance with Administrative Rule 18.6.246. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Right of Way Bureau at 406-444-6068.

If you have a complaint about a political sign that is not in Helena City limits or along the interstate, we recommend you contact the candidate or candidate's political party directly. If you are not sure how to contact the candidate or candidate's party, please call us at 406-447-8339 or email us at elections@lccountymt.gov for assistance.

Political Party Central Committee Elections (Precinct Committeeman and Precinct Committeewoman)

Each party may elect at each Federal Primary Election one person of each sex to serve as committee representatives for each election precinct. The committee representatives must be residents and registered voters of the precinct. The powers and structure of political parties are further outlined in Montana Code Annotated, Title 13, Chapter 38

To file as a candidate for Precinct Committeeman or Precinct Committeewoman at the 2020 Federal Primary Election, submit the Declaration for Nomination and Oath of Candidacy for Precinct Committeemen and Committeewomen to the elections office by 5:00pm on March 9, 2020. If the election for a Precinct's Committeeman and Committeewoman positions is not contested, the election for Committeeman and Committeewoman will be canceled in that Precinct.

If you have questions about the candidate filing or the Primary Election process for Precinct Committeepeople, please contact the county elections office.

For more information on Party Central Committees, please contact the Democratic or Republican party's State or County Central Committees directly.

Information for Independent, Minor Party, and Indigent Candidates

Independent, minor party, or indigent candidates must collect signatures in order for their name to appear on the ballot. The signatures collected must be from registered voters eligible to vote for the office, and must total at least 5% or more of the total votes cast for the successful candidate for the same office at the last general election.

For more information on running as an independent, minor party, or indigent candidate, please review the https://sosmt.gov/elections/information/

For a list of the number of signatures required to run as an indigent candidate in Lewis and Clark County, click here.

Campaign Regulations & Campaign Finance

The Commissioner of Political Practices enforces campaign finance and campaign practice laws. For more information about campaign practices, finances, and related reports, visit the Commissioner of Political Practices' website.

Political Sign Regulations

In the City of Helena political signs are regulated by city ordinance and cannot be placed on city property or on public rights-of-way, including boulevards between the sidewalk and street. The Helena Community Development Department has some information about sign regulations. If you have questions or would like to report a violation, contact Elroy Golemon at 406-447-8448.

In the State of Montana the Montana Department of Transportation regulates political sign placement on interstate highways in accordance with Administrative Rule 18.6.246. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Right of Way Bureau at 406-444-6068.

If you have a complaint about a political sign that is not in Helena City limits or along the interstate, we recommend you contact the candidate or candidate's political party directly. If you are not sure how to contact the candidate or candidate's party, please call us at 406-447-8339 or email us at elections@lccountymt.gov for assistance.

2017 Candidate Filing Information, Deadlines and forms

Candidate Filing Information: Qualifications and Filing Fees

Upcoming Candidate Filing Deadlines

Municipal Elections (Cities of Helena and East Helena) - Candidate filing opens on April 20, 2017 and closes at 5pm on June 19, 2017.

Candidate Filing Forms

City of Helena

Filing form for office of City of Helena Mayor

Filing form for office of City of Helena Commissioner

Filing form for office of City of Helena Neighborhood Council

City of East Helena

Filing form for office of City of East Helena Mayor

Filing form for office of City of East Helena Councilmember (Ward 1 or Ward 2)