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Friday, October 31, 2014   

HELENA, Mont. - Election Day voter registration has been an option in Montana for about 10 years, with day-before registration also available. But that could change, depending on the outcome of a ballot measure from the state Legislature. LR-126 would repeal Election Day voter registration, and registration the day before the election.

Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch calls Election Day registration a "good law" that needs to stay on the books because it encourages people to vote.

"It acts as a fail-safe for any person who needs to register, change or update their information in order to vote in a statewide election," says McCulloch

Since the option became available, more than 29,000 Montanans have used it to cast a ballot. During debate in the Legislature, there was criticism the option created long lines.

McCulloch notes statistics show nearly one in eight people moves every year, and that certainly has played a role in the popularity of Election Day voter registration in Montana.

"The majority of voters who use Election Day voter registration are hard-working Montanans who have recently moved across the county or the state and need to update their address in order to cast a ballot," she says.



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