October 28, 2011
Contact Information: Terri McCoy, (406) 444-2807
Secretary of State Linda McCulloch Helps Kickoff “The Registration Race”
A Voter Registration Competition Among Eligible High School Students
GREAT FALLS – Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch today helped kickoff a statewide voter registration competition among eligible high school students. “The Registration Race” encourages students in neighboring schools to register all eligible students to vote and to learn about the importance of voting before the end of the school year.
Great Falls High School senior Donovan Dennis pitched Secretary McCulloch his idea for the program in September. Secretary McCulloch has since partnered with Dennis, participating schools and students to create and implement the program statewide.
“Every high school student in Montana should know about government and the elections process,” Secretary McCulloch said. “The Registration Race promotes civic engagement among all students, including those who are not yet old enough to vote.”
Great Falls High School and Charlie M. Russell High School in Great Falls are the first schools to join The Registration Race. The rivals plan to register all eligible students to vote before tonight’s crosstown football game. The Secretary of State’s Office will judge the competition using the Statewide Voter File to verify eligible voters.
Completed voter registration cards will be mailed to the appropriate county Clerk & Recorder for final verification and processing. Ineligible students who fill out a voter registration card will be included in the competition as “Montana’s Future Voters,” and mailed voter information from the Secretary of State’s Office explaining why their application was denied.
“When it comes to registering eligible Montanans to vote, everyone wins,” Secretary McCulloch said. “I applaud both Great Falls and C.M. Russell high schools for participating in The Registration Race and adding new meaning to the term crosstown rivals!”