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March 18, 2011

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McCulloch Defends Montanans’ Right to Register to Vote on Election Day; Urges Legislature to “Support Democracy, not Bureaucracy”

HELENA, MT – Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch on Friday defended Montanans’ right to register to vote up until the close of polls on Election Day by urging the Legislature to oppose a measure that would eliminate same-day voter registration across the state.

“House Bill 180 runs counter to the core freedoms of our democracy,” McCulloch told the Senate State Administration Committee. “If you support ‘freedom’, and you support ‘democracy’, you cannot support a bill that will turn your neighbors away at the polls.”

18,747 Montanans have used Election Day registration to vote in a statewide election since the law was implemented in 2006. McCulloch testified that removing Election Day registration rights would be a step backward in affording voters every opportunity to cast a ballot in Montana.

“These are real people exercising their fundamental right to vote,” McCulloch said. “Before you cast your vote on this bill, ask yourself, ‘do I support bureaucracy, or do I support democracy?”

Election Day Voter Registration by Senate District can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at: http://www.sos.mt.gov/ElectionDayRegistrantsBySD.pdf