April 21, 2014
CONTACT: Terri McCoy, (406) 444-2807
Primary Ballots Mailed to Absent Military, Overseas Citizen Voters;
Voters on Absentee List Mailed Ballots on May 5 (at close of Regular Voter Registration)
HELENA, MT – Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch today announced that the first round of absentee ballots are out for Montana’s 2014 Primary Election. County election offices have completed mailing ballots to the state’s absent military and overseas citizen electors. Voters not covered under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) who are signed up to receive an absentee ballot for the Primary Election, will be mailed their ballot on Monday, May 5.
“I work hard to ensure that every Montanan who wants to vote, can vote,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Whether you live at home, or are deployed overseas, there are convenient and secure options for registering to vote and casting a ballot.”
The Secretary of State’s Electronic Absentee System (EAS) provides Montana’s absent military servicemen and women another option to conveniently register to vote and apply for, receive and mark a statewide election ballot. The service is available to qualified members of the armed forces, their families and overseas U.S. citizens who are absent from their Montana voting residence, (13-21-102, MCA). Ballots marked using the EAS have to be returned to the county election office by email, mail or facsimile.
“Absentee voting is the clear choice for many Montanans,” Secretary McCulloch said. “More than 61% of folks voted by absentee ballot in the 2012 Primary, with even higher turnout in some of our largest counties. Yellowstone County took the lead with a record 96% absentee turnout.”
Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot. Applications are available at the county election office and on the Secretary of State’s website. Voters on the Absentee List must complete and return a biennial Address Confirmation Form in order to automatically receive a ballot for every election in which they’re eligible to vote. The forms are mailed in January of each even-numbered year.
The regular registration deadline for Montana’s Primary election is Monday, May 5. Late registration begins Tuesday, May 6 and runs through 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Late registration must be done in person at the county election office or at the location designated by the county election administrator. It is temporarily closed from noon to 5:00 p.m. the day before the election.
Registered voters can find all their voting information – including a precinct-specific sample ballot - online and on select smartphones with the “My Voter Page” (MVP) application.