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McCulloch Reminds Absentee Voters to Be Mindful of
Mail Delivery Standards When Returning Ballots

HELENA, MT – With one week to go before Montana’s Primary Election on June 5, Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch is reminding voters to be mindful of mail delivery standards when returning their absentee ballots.

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch requests an absentee ballot for the 2012 Primary Election.
Secretary of State Linda McCulloch requests an absentee ballot for the 2012 Primary Election.

“Absentee ballots must be received by the close of polls on Election Day,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Knowing the mail delivery standards in your area can help you determine the best way to return your ballot.”

Absentee ballots must be completed, signed, and received at the county election office by 8:00 p.m. on June 5, 2012. Per Montana law, postmarks cannot be accepted.

Voters have the option to return their absentee ballot by mail or in person. All questions about voting should be directed to either the Secretary of State’s toll-free voter hotline at 1-888-884-VOTE (8683), or to the county election office.

“There’s still time to register and to vote, if you haven’t done so already,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Voter registration must be done at the county election office during the late registration period. While there, you will receive your absentee ballot. It can be voted immediately or you can take it home and return it by Election Day.”

More information about voting by absentee ballot or at the polling place can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov. Absentee voters can also download a digital “I Voted” sticker from the website to share their elections pride on their Facebook, Twitter, or blog.