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style='padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <div align=center> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width=640 style='width:480.0pt;mso-cellspacing:0in;background:white;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes'> <td style='padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <div align=center> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=10 cellpadding=0 width=620 style='width:465.0pt;mso-cellspacing:7.5pt;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td valign=top style='padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <p class=style1 align=center style='text-align:center'><span class=style81><span style='font-size:15.0pt'>Secretary of State Linda McCulloch's Newsletter</span></span><br> <span class=style101><span style='font-size:15.0pt'>A Commitment to Open Government</span></span></p> </td> </tr> </table> </div> </td> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:1'> <td style='padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><img width=600 height=300 id="_x0000_i1025" src="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/admin/temp/newsletters/35/peekingboy.jpg" alt="Fall newsletter from Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch" title=peekingboy.jpg><o:p></o:p></span></p> </td> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:2'> <td style='padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;mso-cellspacing:0in;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;padding:7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt'> <p class=style8>October 4, 2010</p> <p class=style9>Montana's General Election will be held on November 2, 2010. Don't miss this important opportunity to make a difference in your community!</p> <p class=style9>The regular voter registration period closes <b>today at 5:00 p.m.</b> Those who miss today's deadline may still register in person during Montana's late registration period, which runs from October 5 <b>until the close of polls on Election Day</b>.</p> <p class=style9>If you're an identified absentee voter, your ballot was mailed this morning. Logon to <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=33&amp;F=H">My Voter Page</a> to track your ballot, check your voter registration status and find the location of your polling place.</p> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;mso-cellspacing:0in;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td valign=top style='padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <p><span class=style91><span style='font-size:9.0pt'><a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=33&amp;F=H"></a></span></span><!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shapetype id="_x0000_t75" coordsize="21600,21600" o:spt="75" o:preferrelative="t" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" filled="f" stroked="f"> <v:stroke joinstyle="miter"/> <v:formulas> <v:f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"/> <v:f eqn="sum @0 1 0"/> <v:f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"/> <v:f eqn="prod @2 1 2"/> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth"/> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight"/> <v:f eqn="sum @0 0 1"/> <v:f eqn="prod @6 1 2"/> <v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelWidth"/> <v:f eqn="sum @8 21600 0"/> <v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelHeight"/> <v:f eqn="sum @10 21600 0"/> </v:formulas> <v:path o:extrusionok="f" gradientshapeok="t" o:connecttype="rect"/> <o:lock v:ext="edit" aspectratio="t"/> </v:shapetype><v:shape id="_x0000_s1026" type="#_x0000_t75" alt="My Voter Page" href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=33&amp;F=H" style='position:absolute;margin-left:0;margin-top:0;width:78.75pt; height:78.75pt;z-index:251658240;mso-wrap-distance-left:7.5pt; mso-wrap-distance-top:0;mso-wrap-distance-right:7.5pt; mso-wrap-distance-bottom:0;mso-position-horizontal:left; mso-position-horizontal-relative:text; mso-position-vertical-relative:line' o:allowoverlap="f" o:button="t"> <v:imagedata src="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/admin/temp/newsletters/35/mvp-blue.png"/> <w:wrap type="square"/> </v:shape><![endif]--><![if !vml]><a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=33&amp;F=H"><img border=0 width=105 height=105 src="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/admin/temp/newsletters/35/mvp-blue.png" align=left hspace=10 alt="My Voter Page" title=mvp-blue.png v:shapes="_x0000_s1026"></a><![endif]><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-no-proof: yes'><a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=33&amp;F=H"></a></span></p> </td> <td valign=top style='padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <p align=right style='text-align:right'><img border=0 width=113 height=53 id="_x0000_i1026" src="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/admin/temp/newsletters/29/lindasig.gif" alt="Signature of Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch"></p> </td> </tr> </table> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=1 cellspacing=3 cellpadding=0 align=right width=300 style='width:225.0pt;mso-cellspacing:2.2pt; border:outset #CC6600 1.0pt;mso-border-alt:outset #CC6600 .75pt; mso-yfti-tbllook:1184;mso-table-lspace:2.25pt;mso-table-rspace:2.25pt; mso-table-anchor-vertical:paragraph;mso-table-anchor-horizontal:column; mso-table-left:right;mso-table-top:middle;mso-padding-alt:7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td valign=top style='border:inset #CC6600 1.0pt;mso-border-alt:inset #CC6600 .75pt; background:#FFFFCC;padding:7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt'> <p class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><img border=0 width=277 height=300 id="_x0000_i1027" src="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/admin/temp/newsletters/35/boyvoting.jpg" alt="Make sure your voice is heard by voting today." title=boyvoting.jpg><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span class=style91><span style='font-size:9.0pt'>Every vote is voice heard! Register, if you haven't done so already, and vote in the General Election on November 2, 2010. </span></span></p> </td> </tr> </table> </td> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;padding:7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt'> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><img border=0 width=200 height=278 id="_x0000_i1028" src="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/admin/temp/newsletters/29/mcculloughsmall.jpg" alt="Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch"><br> <span class=style91><span style='font-size:9.0pt'>Montana Secretary of State</span></span><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'><br> <span class=style91>Linda McCulloch</span><br> <br> </span><strong><span style='amp'><span style='font-size:14.0pt; font-family:"&amp;amp","serif";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;color:#660000'>In This Issue:</span></span></strong><span class=style91><span style='font-size:9.0pt'> </span></span></p> <p class=style9><b><a href="#VIP">2010 Election News</a></b></p> <ul type=disc> <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in'><span class=style91><span style='font-size:9.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"'><a href="#VIP">Voter Information Pamphlet</a></span></span><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></li> <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in'><span class=style91><span style='font-size:9.0pt;mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"'><a href="#wizard">Ballot Marking Wizard for Absent Military</a></span></span><span style='font-size:9.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><br> <span class=style91><a href="#wizard">and Overseas Citizen Voters</a></span></span><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><o:p></o:p></span></li> <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list .5in'><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"'><a href="#tracking">Ballot Tracking Service</a><o:p></o:p></span></li> </ul> <p class=style9><a href="#training"><strong><span style='font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"'>FREE Online Training for Notaries</span></strong></a></p> <ul type=disc> <li class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2;tab-stops:list .5in'><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'><a href="#nominate"><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Nominate Notary of the Year</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></li> </ul> <p class=style9><b><a href="#best">&quot;Best of Web&quot; Digital Award</a></b></p> <p class=style9><b><a href="#ar">2010 Annual Report Due Immediately </a></b></p> <p class=style9><b><a href="#IPER">Essential Records Preparedness </a></b></p> <p class=style9><b><a href="#thankyou">A Special Thank You </a></b></p> <p class=style9><b><a href="#congratulations">Congratulations& </a></b></p> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:3'> <td style='padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;mso-cellspacing:0in;mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184;mso-padding-alt:15.0pt 15.0pt 15.0pt 15.0pt'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td style='padding:15.0pt 15.0pt 15.0pt 15.0pt'> <p class=style3><a name=VIP></a><span class=style101><span style='font-size:15.0pt'>2010 Montana Voter Information Pamphlet</span></span></p> <p class=style9>Every federal election year, our Elections &amp; Government Division produces a <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=79&amp;F=H">Voter Information Pamphlet (VIP)</a> to assist Montanans in making informed decisions on Election Day.</p> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 align=right width=400 style='width:300.0pt;mso-cellspacing:0in; mso-yfti-tbllook:1184;mso-table-lspace:2.25pt;mso-table-rspace:2.25pt; mso-table-anchor-vertical:paragraph;mso-table-anchor-horizontal:column; mso-table-left:right;mso-table-top:middle;mso-padding-alt:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes'> <td style='padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <p class=style9>&nbsp;<img border=0 width=400 height=205 id="_x0000_i1029" src="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/admin/temp/newsletters/35/reviewingmaps.jpg" alt="Bernadette Franks-Ongoy, Executive Director for Disability Rights&#13;&#10;Montana, helps unveil alternative formats of the VIP." title=reviewingmaps.jpg></p> </td> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:1;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td style='padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <p class=style9 align=center style='text-align:center'>Bernadette Franks-Ongoy, Executive Director for Disability Rights Montana, helps unveil alternative formats of the VIP.</p> </td> </tr> </table> <p class=style9>The VIP includes information about registering and voting in the upcoming election, and also the ballot language, complete text, and arguments and rebuttals for and against each <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=18&amp;F=H">ballot issue</a>. To ensure accessible election information for every Montanan, we provide the VIP in four alternative formats: Large-print, Braille, Audio CD and Electronically.</p> <p class=style9>Hard copies of the VIP were mailed last week to every household with at least one registered voter. Alternative versions will be provided to urban libraries across the state. Voters may access an electronic copy of the VIP on our homepage at <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=70&amp;F=H">sos.mt.gov</a>. To request the pamphlet in another accessible format, call 1-888-884-VOTE (8683) or leave a message on our TTY at 406-444-9068.</p> <p class=style10><strong><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Election Services for Absent Military and Overseas Voters</span></strong></p> <p class=style9>In our continued efforts to make voting more accessible for military and overseas voters, we recently launched new online services that allow the state's active military to vote, access and track their ballot from almost anywhere in the world.</p> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=1 cellspacing=3 cellpadding=0 align=right width=251 style='width:188.25pt;mso-cellspacing:2.2pt; border:outset #CC6600 1.0pt;mso-border-alt:outset #CC6600 .75pt; mso-yfti-tbllook:1184;mso-table-lspace:2.25pt;mso-table-rspace:2.25pt; mso-table-anchor-vertical:paragraph;mso-table-anchor-horizontal:column; mso-table-left:right;mso-table-top:middle;mso-padding-alt:7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes; height:162.75pt'> <td width=221 valign=top style='width:165.75pt;border:inset #CC6600 1.0pt; mso-border-alt:inset #CC6600 .75pt;background:#FFFFCC;padding:7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt; height:162.75pt'> <p class=style13 align=center style='text-align:center'>Any Registered Voter Can Vote Absentee!</p> <p class=style9>To vote absentee, fill out an Application for Absentee Ballot at your county election office, or download one from the Secretary of State's website at <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=71&amp;F=H">sos.mt.gov/Elections</a>. The Application must be received at the county election office by noon the day before the election. The voted ballot must be received at the county election office by the close of polls on Election Day.</p> </td> </tr> </table> <p class=style9><a name=wizard></a>The <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=68&amp;F=H">Ballot Marking Wizard</a> allows absent military and overseas citizen electors to seamlessly apply for, receive and mark a ballot electronically. The service provides voters step-by-step instructions and immediate assistance through an online chat, which is powered by the Federal Voter Assistance Program (FVAP).</p> <p class=style9><a name=tracking></a>The <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=33&amp;F=H">Absentee Ballot Tracking Service</a> allows absentee voters to check the status of their absentee ballot using the office's recently enhanced online service, <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=33&amp;F=H">My Voter Page</a>. The ballot tracking service can determine whether or not a ballot has been mailed, the address it was mailed to, and the date it was received at the county election office.</p> <p class=style9>All you need is your name and birth date to get started!</p> <p><a name=training></a><span class=style101><span style='font-size:15.0pt'>Online Training for Montana Notaries</span></span></p> <p class=style9>The 2009 Montana Legislature approved a series of new notary laws. July 1, 2010 marked the implementation of the final components: the 30-day residency and training requirements for new notaries. (<a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=61&amp;F=H">1-5-402, MCA</a>)</p> <p class=style9>The Secretary of State's <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=73&amp;F=H">FREE online training</a> not only fulfills the statutory requirements for new notaries, it is also an excellent review for current notaries and for those interested in learning more about the notarial process.</p> <p class=style9>In addition to offering an electronic course, our Notary Division offers in-person training across the state. I've also certified the training courses offered by a number of private organizations. To find out more about training courses for Montana notaries, logon to our Montana Notary <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=36&amp;F=H">website</a>.<o:p></o:p></p> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><a name=nominate id=nominate></a><a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=74&amp;F=H"><span style='text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'><img border=0 width=574 height=169 id="_x0000_i1030" src="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/admin/temp/newsletters/35/notary%20of%20the%20year.gif" alt="Now accepting Montana Notary of the Year applications." title="notary of the year.gif"></span></a></p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'> <hr size=2 width="100%" align=center> </span></div> <p><a name=best></a><strong><span style='font-size:15.0pt;font-family: "Arial","sans-serif";color:#CC6600'>&quot;Best of the Web&quot; Award </span></strong><br> <br> <span class=style91><span style='font-size:9.0pt'>Each of the items in this newsletter includes advances in the office's digital services, and so it is fitting to also mention that the <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=69&amp;F=H">Center for Digital Government</a> recently awarded the Montana Secretary of State's Office a &quot;Best of the Web&quot; award for its online <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=78&amp;F=H">candidate filing system</a>. </span></span></p> <p class=style9>The service allows candidates to file online as a candidate for a qualified political party, or as a candidate for a non-partisan office. Candidate Filing won in the Government-to-Citizen Category. The Montana Highway Patrol won in the Government-to-Government Category.</p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'> <hr size=2 width="100%" align=center> </span></div> <p class=style10><a name=ar></a>2010 Annual Report Due Immediately</p> <p class=style9>Businesses that have not successfully filed their 2010 Annual Report may soon be unable to transact business in the state. Montana law requires the Secretary of State to revoke the certificate of authority for Foreign Corporations and Limited Liability Companies and involuntarily dissolve Domestic Corporations and Limited Liability Companies if the legally required Annual Report and fees are not paid. (<a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=67&amp;F=H">35-1-1038</a>, <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=84&amp;F=H">35-2-833</a>, <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=65&amp;F=H">35-8-1011</a>, <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=83&amp;F=H">MCA</a>)</p> <p class=style9>Revocation of Foreign Corporations and LLCs will take place on November 1, 2010. Dissolution of Domestic Corporations and LLCs will take place on December 1st. <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=81&amp;F=H">Contact our office</a> immediately if you have questions or concerns regarding this action.</p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'> <hr size=2 width="100%" align=center> </span></div> <p class=style2><a name=IPER></a><span class=style101><span style='font-size:15.0pt'>Essential Records Preparedness</span></span></p> <p><!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shape id="_x0000_s1027" type="#_x0000_t75" alt="Essential Records Preparedness training" style='position:absolute; margin-left:157.25pt;margin-top:0;width:197.25pt;height:166.5pt; z-index:251659264;mso-wrap-distance-left:7.5pt;mso-wrap-distance-top:0; mso-wrap-distance-right:7.5pt;mso-wrap-distance-bottom:0; mso-position-horizontal:right;mso-position-horizontal-relative:text; mso-position-vertical-relative:line' o:allowoverlap="f"> <v:imagedata src="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/admin/temp/newsletters/35/iper.jpg"/> <w:wrap type="square"/> </v:shape><![endif]--><![if !vml]><img width=263 height=222 src="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/admin/temp/newsletters/35/iper.jpg" align=right hspace=10 alt="Essential Records Preparedness training" title=iper.jpg v:shapes="_x0000_s1027"><![endif]><span class=style91><span style='font-size:9.0pt'>Business continuity depends on the identification of agency essential functions and the vital records needed to support those functions. In September, the Secretary of State's Office participated in preparedness training.&nbsp;Teams were trained to assist state and local government agencies in identifying, protecting and recovering essential records.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p class=style9>I'm asking elected officials, boards and association members to participate in this important training, which helps entities comply with <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=85&amp;F=H">2-6-206, MCA</a>.</p> <p class=style9>Registration details will be available soon.</p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'> <hr size=2 width="100%" align=center> </span></div> <p><a name=thankyou></a><span class=style101><span style='font-size:15.0pt'>Thank you!</span></span></p> <p class=style9>As I approach the end of my second year as Secretary of State, I'd like to acknowledge and thank my staff for continuing to provide exceptional customer service. Each of the office's five divisions has worked tirelessly to better position Montana for the future under budget cuts and other constraints.</p> <p class=style9><a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=80&amp;F=H">Business Services</a> has answered more than 125,000 customer service calls in the past two years and processed business filings for the nearly 170,000 businesses operating in Montana.. <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=77&amp;F=H">Elections and Government</a> has launched new online election tools and managed candidate filings, the ballot issues and petitions process, and a Primary and General Election. <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=72&amp;F=H">Records and Information Management</a> has converted more than 1.3 million documents allowing for desktop access or conversion to a preservation quality media. <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=36&amp;F=H">Notary</a> has successfully helped the state's 20,000 notaries public implement state law changes by providing a state-of-the-art online training course. <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=82&amp;F=H">Administrative Rules</a> continues to publish in a timely manner the Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) four times a year and the Montana Administrative Register twice per month. Each of these divisions relies on fiscal, human resources, and information technology staff, who provide such great support.</p> <p class=style9><b>Thank you Montana</b> for making my first two years as Secretary of State an enjoyable experience!</p> <div class=MsoNormal align=center style='text-align:center'><span style='mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"'> <hr size=2 width="100%" align=center> </span></div> <p><a name=congratulations></a><b><span style='font-size:15.0pt; font-family:"Arial","sans-serif";color:#CC6600'>Congratulations!</span></b></p> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=1 cellspacing=3 cellpadding=0 style='mso-cellspacing:2.2pt;border:outset #CC6600 1.0pt;mso-border-alt: outset #CC6600 .75pt;mso-yfti-tbllook:1184;mso-padding-alt:7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes'> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:inset #CC6600 1.0pt; mso-border-alt:inset #CC6600 .75pt;padding:7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt'> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><img border=0 width=200 height=196 id="_x0000_i1036" src="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/admin/temp/newsletters/35/sue.jpg" alt="Sue Smith" title=sue.jpg></p> </td> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:inset #CC6600 1.0pt; mso-border-alt:inset #CC6600 .75pt;padding:7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt'> <p align=center style='text-align:center'><img border=0 width=200 height=196 id="_x0000_i1037" src="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/admin/temp/newsletters/35/pam.jpg" alt="Pam Bourassa" title=pam.jpg></p> </td> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:1;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:inset #CC6600 1.0pt; mso-border-alt:inset #CC6600 .75pt;padding:7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt'> <p class=style9>Sue Smith is our current <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=76&amp;F=H"> Treasured Montana Artist</a>. Her photos and merchandise are sold around the world. You can check out Sue's &quot;Montana Ghost Towns&quot; exhibit in the front lobby of the Secretary of State's Office (at the State Capitol) through December 2010.</p> <p class=style8 align=center style='text-align:center'><strong><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Congratulations </span></strong><br> <strong><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Sue Smith!</span></strong></p> </td> <td width="50%" valign=top style='width:50.0%;border:inset #CC6600 1.0pt; mso-border-alt:inset #CC6600 .75pt;padding:7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt 7.5pt'> <p class=style9>Pam Bourassa is the office recipient of the <a href="http://www.montanasecretaryofstate.net/emailmarketer/link.php?M=204265&amp;N=182&amp;L=75&amp;F=H">2010 Governor's Award for Excellence in Performance</a>. As a Compliance Officer in the Business Services Division, Pam is consistent, highly productive and always works to meet customers' needs in a timely manner.</p> <p class=style8 align=center style='text-align:center'><strong><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Congratulations </span></strong><br> <strong><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Pam Bourassa!</span></strong></p> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:4;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td style='padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <table class=MsoNormalTable border=0 cellspacing=20 cellpadding=0 width="100%" style='width:100.0%;mso-cellspacing:15.0pt;background:#FFFFCC; mso-yfti-tbllook:1184;mso-padding-alt:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <tr style='mso-yfti-irow:0;mso-yfti-firstrow:yes;mso-yfti-lastrow:yes'> <td valign=top style='padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'> <p class=style8><strong><span style='font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Subscription Services</span></strong></p> <p class=style9>This newsletter is a service of Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch. 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