October 14, 2014
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Secretary McCulloch Announces New Way for Montanans to Register to Vote
Online Pre-Registration Tool Will Increase Accuracy and Efficiency
HELENA – Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch announced on Tuesday a new way for citizens to register to vote for upcoming Montana elections including the November 4th General Election.
The Secretary of State’s office is now offering an online pre-registration tool which allows qualified citizens to enter and submit their registration information online via a computer, tablet or smartphone.
“The pre-registration tool was created to increase accuracy and efficiency of the voter registration process,” Secretary McCulloch said. “It’s important for people using this tool to remember that they still must go into the county election office (or designated location for late registration) where their online submission will be processed just as a paper form is processed, and they will sign the registration form provided by the election administrator in order to receive their ballot.”
Full online voter registration has not yet been implemented in Montana; anyone submitting their registration information using this online tool must still go into the county election office or designated late registration location and sign the registration form before they are legally registered to vote.
“It’s often times hard for citizens to get into the county election office before 5 pm during the late registration period,” Secretary McCulloch said. “This tool gives people the ability to pre-register at their convenience from anywhere at any time, as long as they get to the election office to complete the registration process before the polls close on election day.”
The online pre-registration tool can be found on the Secretary of State’s website at registertovote.mt.gov/Application/Welcome.aspx
Montanans can check their voter registration status using the Secretary of State’s online elections tool, “My Voter Page.” Registered voters can also view a precinct-specific sample ballot for the November 4 General Election, find the location of their polling place, and track the status of their absentee ballot once one has been issued.