In This Issue
Municipal Election Dates
NEW! Online Payment Portal
National Notary Association Award
Centennial Project
"Treasured" Artist Exhibit
Welcome Sue Tinsley!
Summer, 2013. American Pride was shot by Hubbard Photography just outside of Bozeman, MT.
Secretary of State Linda McCulloch
SOSMontana -- A commitment to open government.
Municipal Election Dates

September 10
Municipal Primary Election

October 7
Regular Voter Registration Closes
Absentee Ballots Mailed to Eligible Voters

October 8
Late Registration Opens
Must be done in person at county
election office, or location assigned
by county election administrator.

November 4 (noon)
Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

November 5
Municipal General Election

Remember it’s important to vote in these elections...they are the ones that will determine what happens right in your neighborhood!

July 1, 2013 -- Happy Independence Day!
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Online Payment Portal

The Secretary of State’s office will no longer maintain prepaid accounts for customers. The new
Secretary of State Express Online Payment Portal provides a solution for customers who wish to continue to file their priority or expedite documents via FAX with this office beginning June 3, 2013.

Steps for Online Payment:

  • Pay for priority or expedited business filings using your credit card
  • Complete the payment information.
  • Print the receipt of your transaction.
  • Then fax it to Secretary of State’s office for processing.
  • A receipt must be submitted with the business filing documents in order to complete the processing.

You can still use regular or overnight mail (for 24-hour priority service) to send your business documents with a check to the Secretary of State’s office for regular or priority service processing.

March Fong Eu Achievement Award

Montana Secretary of State after receiving the March Fong Eu Achievement Award

My staff and I have worked tirelessly to improve notaries’ effectiveness and accountability throughout Montana. We offer free notary training in towns across the state as well as online. It’s not only important to me that notaries are educated and informed, but also that they achieve the highest level of professionalism. To this end, I championed for notary journals which act as a safeguard against allegations for fraud, forgery, and identity theft for individual and businesses.

At the beginning of the summer I attended the National Notary Association’s conference in Austin, Texas, where I was awarded the March Fong Eu Achievement Award. This award is granted each year to a public official who is committed to constantly improving the effectiveness, appearance, and high standards of the United States Notary.

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch receiving the award from Thomas A. Heymann, President and CEO of the National Notary Association.
Secretary of State Linda McCulloch receiving the award from Thomas A. Heymann, President and CEO of the National Notary Association.

Centennial Project

Presenting Mike Flaherty, owner and president of the Great Falls Paper & Supply Co. with the Secretary of State’s Centennial Award during a celebration ceremony at his business in Great Falls.

The Secretary of State’s Centennial Project was started in 2010 to commemorate businesses in Montana who have been registered with our office for 100 years or more. Since 2010 we've recognized hundreds of businesses across the state for their centennial achievement. This summer I’ve already been to multiple ceremonies where I presented awards to businesses.

It’s up to each of us to continue to celebrate our local businesses and organizations whether they have been around for one day, or for one century. For a list of businesses and organizations celebrating their Centennial this year, visit us at

Summer 2013 Ceremonies

"Treasured" Montana Artist Shelle Lindholm

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle Dandy, one of Shelle Lindholm’s pieces
on display in the SOS office until August.

Artist Shelle Lindholm
Shelle Lindholm

I am pleased to introduce Shelle Lindholm, of Kalispell, as this summer’s “Treasured” Montana Artist. Shelle’s ability to capture the spirit of Montana wildlife is a unique gift, and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to share her work with the public.

Shelle Lindholm’s exhibit will be on display May through August 2013 in the front lobby of the Secretary of State’s office at no cost to the public. Past and present “Treasured” Montana Artist exhibits are featured in an online gallery at

Contact Katrina Schweitzer to become the next "Treasured" Montana Artist.
Welcome Sue!

This summer we welcomed a new team member to the Secretary of State's Office as my new Executive Assistant, Sue Tinsley! Sue comes to us from the Department of Commerce, where she was responsible for administrating “Quality Schools Grants".

We are excited and so lucky to have her! Welcome to SOS, Sue!

Sue Tinsley

The unique barn at the top of this page stands as a constant reminder of the beautiful country that we live in. It is perfectly framed by majestic purple mountains. American Pride was shot by Hubbard Photography just outside of Bozeman, MT.

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