Voice your opinions at the ballot box – June primary to be held via mail
Though the novel coronavirus continues to ravage every corner of the nation, attention must still be shared with the monumental election ahead. Are you registered to vote? Montana’s state and presidential primary is June 2nd, recently announced to be conducted exclusively via mail ballot. This gives residents the chance to decide who should have a spot on the general ballot in November.
Primary and caucus season reduces the sometimes expansive candidate pool, a process that varies state by state. Montana uses an “open primary” which allows registered electors choice of party ballot through which to cast their vote, regardless of affiliation. Voters may vote for any party, but can only return one ballot to be counted.
If you’re not sure about the status of your voter record, log on to www.votinginmontana.com and click ‘My Voter Page’ at the top of the screen. You’ll be rerouted to the Montana Secretary of State’s voter information service. By simply entering your first and last name with your date of birth, you can see if you’re registered to vote, whether you’re an active or inactive voter, whether you’re signed up to vote absentee, and the location of your polling place. You can also view or download a sample ballot 30 days before the election.
Voting in Montana is a thorough online resource for any resident looking to get “Election Ready” in the Treasure State. Find the ‘My Voter Page,’ first-time voter applications, election deadlines, informational articles and more through the aforementioned website. Act now – regular registration deadline for the Montana primaries has been extended to May 26th. •