Contact: Terri McCoy, 406-444-2807
Secretary of State Linda McCulloch to Raise Awareness of Primary Election
by Checking Voter Registration and Casting an Absentee Ballot on May 7
HELENA – To raise awareness about the importance of voting in Montana’s upcoming Primary election, Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch will check her voter registration status, apply for an absentee ballot, and vote at the Lewis and Clark County election office at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 7.
|Forty-seven percent of all votes were cast by absentee ballot in the 2010 General election.|
May 7 is the deadline for counties to mail the first round of absentee ballots to identified absentee voters. It is also the close of regular voter registration for Montana’s Primary election, which will be held on Tuesday, June 5.
“When doors close, we open a few windows,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Montana’s elections depend on Montanans, and there are laws in place to ensure that every qualified voter has ample opportunity to cast a ballot. If you miss the deadlines next week, you still have options to register and to vote.”
Electors who miss the regular registration deadline can register to vote during Montana’s late registration period, which runs from Tuesday, May 8 (starting at 8:00 a.m.) through the close of polls (8:00 p.m.) on Election Day (June 5). Late registration must be done in person at the county election office, or at the location designated by the county Election Administrator.
Voters on the Annual Absentee List automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election in which they are eligible to vote. To remain on the list, voters must complete and return the Annual Address Confirmation Card, which counties mail out in January of each year.
Voters who are not on the list, but who would like to receive an absentee ballot for the Primary election, must turn in an application to the county election office before noon, on June 4 (the day before the election). Applications are available on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov.
You can check your voter registration status, and see if you are on the Annual Absentee List using the Secretary of State’s online elections tool, “My Voter Page.” Voters can also view a precinct-specific sample ballot for the June 5 Primary, find the location of their polling place, and track the status of their absentee ballot once one has been issued.
Voters are encouraged to call the Secretary of State’s toll-free voter hotline at 1-888-884-VOTE (8683) with all election-related questions.