Voting & Elections
The City of Whitefish is a mayor-council type of government, made up of six Council members, one Mayor, and one 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-year terms. The Mayor and City Council appoint the City Manager.
2023 Municipal Elections
The 2023 Municipal Election date is November 7, 2023. Currently the Mayor, (3) three City Council members, and the Municipal Judge are up for election. Mayor Muhlfeld and Honorable Municipal Judge Overland are unopposed. Seven (7) candidates are running for three (3) City Council positions.
The 2023 Whitefish Municipal Election Ballots include a resort tax initiative which would change the allocation of uses of resort tax collected by the City that was approved by the voters in November of 2021. You can find some helpful voter information regarding the resort tax ballot initiative, specifically answers to frequently asked questions from community members, here Resort Tax Ballot Initiative - Voter Information - FAQ (PDF).
The Flathead County Election Department will mail absentee ballots to all registered voters within the city limits of Whitefish. The ballots will be mailed on October 23, 2023. If you are a registered voter and have not received your ballot, you can track your ballot on My Voter Page.
There will be a ballot box located at City Hall, from October 25, 2023 to November 7, 2023.
There are three (3) options to returning your ballot:
- A ballot box will be provided in the lobby area of City Hall from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
- Ballots can be dropped off in the Utility Payment Box after hours, located in the vestibule at the Baker Avenue Entrance.
- Mail to the Flathead County Election Department in the return envelope that is provided with your ballot. It is important to follow the instructions that are included in the envelope.
- The Postal Service Recommends you mail your ballot at least one week before the Election Day. (Note: $0.60 postage is required)
- Drop off your ballot at the Flathead County Election Office (THEY HAVE MOVED)
290 B N. Main Street
Kalispell, MT 59901
Mon - Fri/8:00AM -5:00PM
- Day of Election, at City Hall (7:00AM-8:00PM), 2nd Street and Baker Avenue Entrance
If you are not a registered voter, and will not be in town on November 7, 2023, you can vote in-person at the Flathead County Election Department, at the address located above, during business hours.
If you have any questions pertaining to the 2023 Municipal Election, visit the Flathead County Election Department website, or call (406)758-5535.
Frequently A & Q
How can I check to see if I am a registered voter?
There are a few ways to check to see if you are registered to vote. You can call the Election Department at 406-758-5535. Or you can visit My Voter Page, enter your First Name, Last Name and Date of Birth. You will see your mailing address, Voting Status, Absentee Status, Precinct #, Senate District #, and House District #.
Can I track the status of my Absentee/Mail Ballot?
Yes, My Voter Page, not only provides you with your registration information, you will also be able to track: Date Ballot Sent, Ballot Sent To, Date Ballot Received, and Status of Ballot.
Who do I call if I have questions?
The Election Department can answer your questions. You can call (406)758-5535, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Flathead County Election Department manages all elections including City, State, National, and School.