September 4, 2013
CONTACT: Terri McCoy, (406) 444-2807
McCulloch Recognizes September as Voter Registration Month;
Encourages Montanans to Check Voter Registration Record
(HELENA) - Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch is reminding Montanans that September is National Voter Registration Month. With the 2013 municipal elections around the corner, individuals are encouraged to register to vote or check the accuracy of their existing voter registration.
“If you’ve moved or have changed your name, now is a great time to update your voter registration,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Counties rely on accurate records to maintain efficiencies in the election process, which includes issuing ballots in a timely manner.”
Secretary McCulloch is working with Montana’s 56 county Election Administrators to remind eligible voters of upcoming deadlines for the 2013 municipal elections. Regular voter registration closes 30 days before each election, but individuals may still late register up to and including on Election Day for both the Municipal Primary (if applicable) and Municipal General Election. Late registration must be done in person at the county election office, or at the location designated by the county election official.
Dates to Remember
- Municipal Primary Election (if applicable) – September 10, 2013
- Municipal General Election – November 5, 2013
- Close of regular voter registration for Municipal General Election – October 7, 2013
- If the municipal election is being conducted by mail ballot, ballots will be mailed to qualified active electors 15-25 days before Election Day.
“Voting is a monumental right,” Secretary McCulloch said. “It’s important to not only register, but to cast a ballot in every election in which you are eligible to vote.”
The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) has marked September 24th as National Voter Registration Day. Secretary McCulloch encourages Montanans to check the status of their voter registration on or before that day.