Voting & Election

The Flathead County Election Department manages all elections including City, State, National and School.

2019 Municipal Election is nearing. The City of Whitefish is a mayor-council type of government, made up of six (6) Council members, one (1) Mayor, and one (1) City Manager. The City Council and Mayor are elected officials voted in by local registered voters who reside within the city limits of Whitefish and serve four (4) year terms. The Mayor and City Council appoint the City Manager. The Mayor and three (3) Council members terms end December 31, 2019. If you are interested in the roles and responsibilities of the Mayor, City Council or City Manager the Charter of the City of Whitefish is a great resource. 

If you or somebody you know is interested in serving on the City Council, the first day to file is April 18, 2019 and the deadline is June 17, 2019.  Each candidate is required to file a Declaration for Nomination and Oath of Candidacy-Nonpartisan form, and C-1-A Statement of Candidate form with the Flathead County Election Department. A list of downloadable forms are below. 

2019 Municipal Primary and General Election Calendar

Declaration for Nomination and Oath of Candidacy-Nonpartisan 

Form C-1-A Statement of Candidate and Instructions

Charter of the City of Whitefish

Meet the Candidates 


Number of Registered Voters 

Total Registered Voters:  5189
Absentee voters:                  3088
Polling place:                        2101

Election Dates

Municipal Elections are November 5, 2019. 

  • Municipal Primary Nomination Elections are September 10, 2019
  • General Elections are 

County, State and National Elections are held in November 2016.

  • Primary Elections are June 5, 2018.
  • General Elections are November 6, 2018. 

Voter Registration

To vote in Flathead County you must be 18 years or older on or before the next election; a citizen of the United States; you have resided in Montana or Flathead County for at least 30 days, and registered to vote. 

How to Register

A Voter Registration Card is available at the City Clerk's Office and should be completed and mailed to the the Flathead County Election Department at least 30 days before the election.  If you are already a registered voter and would like to receive an Absentee Ballot please complete the Absentee Application and return to the Flathead County Election Department. You will need to re-register each time your physical address changes. 

Where do I vote?

Once you register to vote, the Flathead County Election Department will send you a registered voter card.  This card will state your precinct number and your polling places.  Please note, polling places change, please verify your polling place prior to each election.  My Voter Page will also verify your registration information and the precinct where you vote. 


Voter Registration Card

Absentee Application