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January 8, 2014
CONTACT: Terri McCoy, (406) 444-2807

Candidate Filing for 2014 Statewide Elections Opens Thursday, January 9

HELENA, MT – The 2014 elections kick off Thursday with the start of candidate filing. The public is invited to join Secretary of State Linda McCulloch for the ceremonious “opening of the doors”, which will take place at precisely 8:00 a.m. in the front lobby of the Secretary of State’s Office. Once the doors are open, candidates may file for any open office for which they are eligible. (Candidates for local offices file at the county election office.) Voters may also stop by the office any time to register to vote, update their existing voter registration, or sign up for the Absentee Voter List.

The first day to file for any public office is January 9, 2014. The final day to file is March 10, 2014. Independent, Minor Party and Indigent candidates have until June 2 to file, although their signed petitions must be submitted to the county election administrator by May 27. Forms postmarked by a deadline, but not received by a deadline, cannot be accepted. Candidates may file electronically via the Secretary of State’s online candidate filing service, in person at the Secretary of State’s office, by mail, or by facsimile. Additional information about candidate filing, including open offices, filing fees and forms, is available on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov/Elections.

** Due to the 2013 Redistricting Plan, all legislative candidates are encouraged to carefully check the newly drawn House and Senate boundaries to determine their eligibility. District maps and a list of holdover state Senators are available on the Secretary of State's website at sos.mt.gov/Elections.

Montana voters may vote in person at the polls or by absentee ballot for the statewide 2014 Primary and General Elections. Voters may register to vote during the regular registration period or they may take advantage of Montana’s late registration period, which runs from 29 days before the election until the close of polls on Election Day. Montana voters may fill out a voter registration application, check their voter registration status, or request an absentee ballot on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov/Elections. Voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications must be filled out, printed (if accessed online), signed and returned by mail or in person to the county election office. Additional election information can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at sos.mt.gov/Elections.

Montana will hold the statewide Primary Nominating Election on June 3, 2014. The statewide General Election will be held November 4, 2014.

Montana’s toll-free voter hotline: 888-884-VOTE (8683)