The final day to register as a candidate for the 2018 election cycle was Monday, March 12, 2018, and Montana candidates had five days to file the necessary paperwork to the Office of the Commissioner of Political Practices to be certified to appear on the ballot. The deadline for filing the required forms (form C-1A for County candidates; forms C-1 and D-1 for State District and Statewide candidates) was, March 19, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Additionally, the COPP is statutorily bound to notify the Montana Secretary of State by written statement of candidates who have not complied with the requirements to file certain required statements or reports 2 calendar days before the certification deadline provided in 13-10-208, MCA.
On March 19, 2018 at 5:15 p.m., the COPP office issued the 2018 ballot statement to Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, meeting the statutory requirement. Any candidate who missed the statement and report filing deadline by failing to file their required paperwork to the COPP by 5:00 p.m. March 19, 2018 may not appear on the ballot.
Candidates who missed the deadline and will not appear on the ballot are nonetheless required to file periodic C-5 Campaign Finance reports per the appropriate reporting calendar until the candidate submits their closing report.
All State District and Statewide candidates are required to file their C-5 Campaign Finance reports electronically, through the Campaign Electronic Reporting System (CERS). Registration is easy, and only takes a few minutes.
All relevant reporting forms and calendars, as well as the Campaign Electronic Reporting System (CERS), can be found on the COPP website: http://politicalpractices.mt.gov
If you have questions, or need help getting registered in the CERS system, please contact the COPP office at (406) 444-2942.