School Finance

School Elections

Monday, November 25, 2013, 11:51 am

December is the kickoff for school elections!  Beginning December 22, 2013, districts may accept the nomination petition and oath of candidacy from potential candidates.  Candidates must be registered to vote at the time that application is returned to the election administrator.

The Office of Public Instruction (OPI) plans to open the County application for external reporting in mid-December.  The OPI will notify county superintendents when the application is available and provide detailed instructions at that time.  The County application will collect district classification data used to determine the number of nomination signatures required (20 in a first class district and 5 in both second and third class districts) and the requirements to submit campaign finance information to the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices (first class district, county population greater than 15,000 and campaign expenditures and/or revenues greater than $500). 

District clerks may assist their county superintendent by completing a data form for their district(s) and sending it to their county superintendent.  The form is located under Basic Election Forms/Election Administrator at the following link:

The 2014 Election Manual and Calendar will soon be posted to the OPI Election Resource page.  Those resources are located at:

For more information, contact Nicole Thuotte, (406) 444-4524