September 4, 2012
Contact: Terri McCoy, 406-444-2807
Secretary McCulloch Declares September National Voter Registration Month;
Reminds Montanans of Voter Registration Deadlines & Resources
HELENA, MT – Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch is reminding Montanans that September is National Voter Registration Month, and eligible citizens should register to vote and check their voter registration record to ensure all information is accurate and up-to-date before the General Election on November 6.
“If you have questions about registering and voting, or need to update your voter registration record, your county election office can help,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Getting everything straightened out before Election Day will help you vote with more ease and confidence.”
Montana’s voter registration laws ensure every eligible citizen has ample opportunity to exercise their right to vote. To register and vote, you must be a citizen of the United States; a resident of Montana for at least 30 days before the election; and at least 18 years-old on or before Election Day.
Those eligible can register to vote during the regular registration period, which runs through October 9, by filling out a Voter Registration Application and returning it by mail or in person to the county election office. Those who miss the regular registration deadline can register to vote in person through the close of polls on Election Day (8:00 p.m. on November 6).
Late registration must be done at the county election office or the location designated by the county election official. Late registration is temporarily closed beginning at noon the day before the election. It reopens on Election Day.
“I work to keep the state’s elections open, transparent, accurate and secure. The results are up to the voters,” Secretary McCulloch said. “This is our Montana, and every vote is a voice heard.”
Registered voters can check their voter registration record, find the location of their polling place, track the status of their absentee ballot, and view a precinct-specific sample ballot online with “My Voter Page.” Montanans can access “My Voter Page” and other election materials from the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov.
2012 Election Calendar at sos.mt.gov
October 9 – Close of regular voter registration. (Postmarks accepted)
October 10 – Beginning of late registration. (Must be done in person at designated location)
November 6 – Election Day; Close of late voter registration. (Late registration temporarily closes at noon on Nov. 5, reopens on Nov. 6)