September 19, 2014
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General Election Ballots Sent to Absent Military and Overseas Citizen Voters
HELENA, MT – Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch announced today that the first round of absentee ballots have been mailed for Montana’s 2014 General Election. County election offices have completed mailing ballots to voters covered under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).
“I work hard to ensure that every Montanan who wants to vote, can vote,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Whether you live at home, or are deployed overseas, there are convenient and secure options for registering to vote and casting a ballot.”
The Secretary of State’s Electronic Absentee System (EAS) provides Montana’s absent military servicemen and women another option to conveniently register to vote and apply for, receive and mark a statewide election ballot. The service is available to qualified members of the armed forces, their families and overseas U.S. citizens who are absent from their Montana voting residence. Ballots marked using the EAS may be returned to the county election office by email, mail or facsimile. Voters have until 8 PM on Election Day to return their ballots.
“Montana consistently leads the way when it comes to voter registration and ballot options for our absent military voters” Secretary McCulloch said. “Our Electronic Absentee System helps these folks who do not have timely access to mail services so that they can seamlessly register and receive a ballot, no matter where in the world they are stationed”.