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Montana Primary Voting Checklist

May 27, 2008

Billings, MT – If you take the time and effort to vote - don't you want to be sure it actually counts? A combination of changes, both to election laws and postage rates, make it worth your while as a Montana voter to double-check that primary election ballot. The Montana primary takes place on June 3, one week from today.

If you're supposed to have received an absentee ballot and it hasn't been mailed to you yet, call the county election office. If you haven't yet mailed your ballot, confirm that it has sufficient postage. And, if you're still not registered to vote, avoid long lines by dropping into an election office soon.

Those tips come from Theresa Keaveny, of the group Montana Conservation Voters. She says this year's lively presidential race has voters are excited about the primary; and there also are many other key contests going on, too, including Montana's Congressional races.

"From county commissioner, important state legislative races, and statewide races; we want voters to go to the polls. We also want them to make sure they know their rights, given changes in Montana's election law."

Keaveny says Montana voter laws have changed significantly in the past few years, and one of the biggest changes allows people to register at just about any time.

"If they're not registered, they do so in the election office, up to and including Election Day. We fought hard to get that change, to increase the opportunity for citizens to participate in government."

Postage rates recently changed, and not all county ballots are the same size and thickness. While most ballots are being delivered even without sufficient postage, some Montanans say theirs have been returned. County election offices are also open for early voting. For more information on voting laws and the locations of county election offices, look online at

Deborah Smith/Steve Powers, Public News Service - MT