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September 1, 2010

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McCulloch Declares September 2010 Voter Registration Month;
Encourages Eligible Montanans to Register & Vote on November 2, 2010

HELENA, MT - Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch today joined fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) in declaring September 2010 National Voter Registration Month.

"Eighty-five percent of eligible Montanans are registered to vote," Secretary McCulloch said. "We're ahead of the national curve, but Montanans can do better. Register, if you haven't done so already, and take advantage of the opportunity to have your voice be heard in every election."

Secretary McCulloch is working with Montana's Election Administrators and Clerks & Recorders to ensure the state's 755,161 eligible voters have the tools they need to vote in the General Election on November 2, 2010.

The deadline for regular registration is 5:00 p.m. on October 4, 2010. Voters may register in person at the county election office, or by filling out and returning a voter registration card to the county election office. Voter registration cards can be found on the Secretary of State's website at sos.mt.gov/Elections.

Those who miss the regular registration deadline may choose to register during Montana's late registration period. Detailed information is included below.

"Registering to vote is easy in Montana," Secretary McCulloch said. "Whatever method you use to register, make sure your card gets to the county election office. You can then check your voter registration status online to make sure all your information is accurate and up-to-date."

To check your voter registration status, or to look-up your polling place location, logon to "My Voter Page" on the Secretary of State's website at sos.mt.gov/Elections.

Voter Information Pamphlet:

Additional information about registering and voting in Montana elections will be available in the Voter Information Pamphlet (VIP), which will be mailed in October to every household with a registered voter.

Late Registration:

Montana's late registration period begins October 5, 2010 and closes on Election Day at 8:00 p.m. Late Registration must be done at the county election office or the location designated by the Election Administrator. Late registration is temporarily closed beginning at noon on the day before the election, but opens again election morning.

The Federal General Election will be held on November 2, 2010.