Some absentee voters in Montana did not get their ballot in the mail for this election, and it turns out it may have something to do with state law. The Gallatin County election administrator told NBC Montana that registering to vote absentee is only good for two years. State law requires the absentee voter list to be deleted completely every two years. That means elections offices have to send out renewal forms to absentee voters asking if they want to stay on the list. This is not anything new. “It used to be that people had to do this confirmation after every election, and then it went to every six months, then it went to once a year and now it’s every two years that they have to do this,” said Charlotte Mills, the county election administrator.
Mills said the law makes sure people still want to vote by mail. Mills did not know how many absentee voters were removed from the list because they did not renew.
Not everyone likes the idea of having to fill out a renewal form, but other voters understand.
“We have little notes on them that said ‘This is stupid, if I’ve signed up and say I wanted it, it should be permanent,'” said Mills.