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May 27, 2014
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McCulloch Reminds Absentee Voters to Be Mindful of
Mail Delivery Standards When Returning Ballots

HELENA, MT – With less than one week to go before Montana’s Primary Election on June 3, Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch is reminding voters to be mindful of mail delivery standards when returning their absentee ballots.

“Absentee ballots must be received by the close of polls on Election Day,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Knowing the mail delivery standards in your area can help determine the best way to return your ballot.”

Absentee ballots must be completed, signed, and received at the county election office by 8:00 p.m. on June 3, 2014. Per Montana law, postmarks cannot be accepted.

Voters have the option to return their absentee ballot by mail or in person. All questions about voting should be directed to either the Secretary of State’s toll-free voter hotline at 1-888-884-VOTE (8683), or to the county election office.

“There’s still time to register and to vote, if you haven’t done so already,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Voter registration must be done at the county election office during the late registration period. While there, you will receive your absentee ballot. It can be voted immediately or you can take it home and return it by the close of polls on Election Day.”

Voters can track the status of their absentee ballot with the free voter resource, My Voter Page (MVP).  MVP can be accessed on the Secretary of State’s website or as an App on select smartphones. 

In addition to providing absentee ballot tracking, MVP allows voters to check the status of their voter registration, find the location and map to their polling place, view a precinct-specific sample ballot, and more.

Election results will be available on the Secretary of State’s website after 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.  The unofficial results for state and county races and ballot issues will be reported as they’re entered by counties.  All results will remain unofficial until the state canvass is complete.