August 24, 2012
CONTACT: Terri McCoy, (406) 444-2807
McCulloch Certifies Statewide and State District Candidates/Ballot Issues for 2012 General Election Ballot
HELENA, MT - Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch has certified to county election administrators the names of all statewide and state district candidates and ballots issues* to appear on the 2012 General Election ballot.
There are three Presidential candidates; six Congressional candidates; five ballot issues; and races for the executive, judicial and legislative branches of state government and the public service commission. Three qualified parties and a handful of independent candidates are represented on the ballot, while a number of races are nonpartisan.
The 2012 General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6.
"It's a high profile ballot that directly impacts every Montanan," Secretary McCulloch said. "It's not uncommon for a race in Montana to be decided by only one or two votes, so it's vital that every eligible voter cast a ballot."
Check the accuracy of your voter registration record well before Election Day. Election administrators use this record to ensure your polling place location, and the mailing address for absentee ballots and other election-related materials.
You can check your registration record from anywhere with an Internet connection by logging on to "My Voter Page" at sos.mt.gov. The site also provides a map to your polling place location and the status of your absentee ballot, if one has been requested. Precinct-specific sample ballots will be available after September 21.
"Absentee ballots will be mailed the second week of October, and it's important to ensure your registration record is accurate well before then," Secretary McCulloch said. "If you need to change or update your registration status, you can fill out a new voter registration application or visit your county election office."
To request an absentee ballot, fill out an Application for Absentee Ballot or sign up for the Annual Absentee List. Voters on the Annual Absentee List automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election in which they are eligible to vote. If you are not yet registered, you can also request an absentee ballot by choosing the option when filling out the Voter Registration Application.
*The Secretary of State does not certify the names of local candidates and ballot issues. Local races are certified by election administrators.