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

Mail Ballot

The 2019 City Election is by mail ballot only. Regular polling places will not be open. Ballots must be received at the Election Office by 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 5, 2019. A postmark cannot be accepted. If you mail your ballot, make sure there is enough time for it to reach the Election Office. Postage for the ballot is $0.55. Please refer to the instructions provided in the ballot. 

The City Hall is not a drop off location. Please mail or drop off your ballot at the County Election Department, 40 11th St. W. #230, Kalispell, Montana. If you have questions regarding your ballot, or did not receive your ballot, call the Election Department, 406-758-5536 or email: electionweb@flathead.mt.gov. The Election Department is open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Election Day November 5, 2019 - 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Whitefish Absentee Ballot Instructions

Meet the Candidates 

Harry "Hap" Peters is retired and has previously served on the board of directors for the Habitat for Humanity Flathead Valley and currently serves on the Whitefish Police Commission. Learn more about "Hap"

Ben Davis serves as the Chair of the Whitefish Housing Authority Board of Directors; Chair of the Strategic Housing Steering Committee; the Board of Adjustments and the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce. Learn more about Ben

Steve Qunell, has served on the Whitefish Lake and Lakeshore Protection Committee, currently is serving on the Board of Adjustments and Chairs the Whitefish Planning Board. Learn more about Steve

Rebecca Norton has served on the Whitefish Planning Board, ADA Implementation Committee, Board of Adjustments, Tree Committee, Ethics Committee, Local Government Review Commission and the Wisconsin Avenue Corridor Plan Committee. Learn more about Rebecca

Frank Sweeney is an incumbent who was appointed to fill a seat in 2009, elected in 2011 and seeking re-election. He currently serves as an alternate on the Whitefish Planning Board, temporary member to fill vacancies on the Board of Adjustments, and Park Board. Learn more about Frank.

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 

County, State and National Elections are held in November 2020.

  • Primary Elections are June 2, 2020.
  • General Elections are November 3, 2020. 

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. 

Forms

Voter Registration Card

Absentee Application