September 16, 2010
CONTACT INFORMATION: Terri McCoy, (406) 444-2807
Secretary McCulloch Hosts Voter Registration Drive at MSU-Billings;
Declared September 2010 National Voter Registration Month
Interim Chancellor Dr. Rolf Groseth, MSU-Billings, and Student Body President Kayla Miller join Secretary McCulloch in promoting voter registration and participation by college students.
BILLINGS – Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch today joined Interim Chancellor Dr. Rolf Groseth at Montana State University Billings to encourage students to be active participants in the General Election on November 2, 2010.
“Voting is one of the easiest ways to voice your opinion,” McCulloch said. “Register, if you haven’t done so already, and make sure your voice is heard on Election Day.”
In the 2008 General Election, 18 to 24 year-olds represented about 10 percent of the total registered voters in Montana. Sixty-one percent of those young adults voted in the election, compared to a statewide voter turnout of 74 percent.
McCulloch and Groseth agree that Montanans can do better.
“Civic engagement is an important part of being a college student,” Groseth said. “We want students to be involved in the election process on the local and statewide level and become knowledgeable about the important issues that they will face in the future. I thank Secretary McCulloch for taking an active interest in college-aged adults.”
A few weeks ago, McCulloch joined fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) in declaring September 2010 as National Voter Registration Month. In addition to registering Montanans to vote, McCulloch is working with county Election Administrators and Clerks & Recorders to ensure the state’s 755,161 eligible voters have the tools and resources they need to be engaged and active citizens.
“Voting is powerful,” McCulloch said. “Whether you are 18 years old or 98 years-old, it is important that you study the candidates and the issues, and make informed decisions in every election.”
* 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.
* Montana’s late registration period begins October 5 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.
* 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.