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Montanans Challenged: Prove the Prognosticators Wrong

November 2, 2010

BILLINGS, Mont. - A challenge is being issued for today's midterm elections: cast a ballot and break a record. Montana Conservation Voters Education Fund executive director Theresa Keaveny says the buzz about voter turnout possibly being low should inspire every eligible voter to get to the polls.

"Political prognosticators are indicating that this election will be low turnout for many parts of Montana's population, and we'd like to prove those prognosticators wrong."

Keaveny points out that the ballot includes a U.S. House race, four ballot measures, and a couple of Public Service Commission races. The PSC makes decisions that affect utility bills.

"There's a lot at stake in Montana from the top of the ticket to the bottom. We have two Supreme Court races, state legislative races in 100 House districts and 25 of our 50 Senate districts, and county commissioners will be chosen."

Montanans who received absentee ballots can drop those off at polling places today, and even those not yet registered can register at county election offices right before marking a ballot.

Keaveny says be sure to double-check polling locations because polling place consolidation in Billings, Bozeman and Missoula could mean a new venue for voting.

Montanans with questions about voting eligibility or access to the polls can call the Voter Rights Hotline at 406-581-8942 or visit www.mtvotersedfund.org

Deb Courson, Public News Service - MT