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Montana Sovereign    

Become Informed Before You Vote

Being an informed voter is  just as important as voting if not more so. Before election day, take time to learn about the candidates and issues.

There are many opportunities to do this. For months before an election, the media will publish stories about the election and candidate advertisements. Some candidates will mail brochures and flyers outlining their views. Some candidates will hold debates, or attend public venues and candidate forums that you can attend.  Some local candidates may even come to your door to introduce themselves.

A few weeks before every statewide election, you will receive an official Voter Information Pamphlet published by the Montana Secretary of State. This will provide balanced information about the initiatives and referenda that will be on the ballot.

Accountability is one of the bedrocks of our representative republic.  It provides a check on individuals, once elected,  who betray the promises they made during the campaign, or their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution.

Voters must understand the importance of holding their representatives accountable once the elections are said and done.  The days are gone where we can fall asleep after an election, we must remain vigilant.

Many legislative report cards are prepared by national and state groups to help voters assess the voting records of their elected officials.  These can be an excellent tool to assist in educating yourself on those already in office.

(Note:  Many are posted on this website)

While most people are dissatisfied with government, incumbents typically are re-elected more than 90% of the time.    This statistic is very telling, and indicates that people do not hold their representatives accountable. 

There’s simply no substitute for doing your own homework on the candidates and issues ahead of the election, especially those already in office.

Once you've decided how you want to vote, you may want to write down your choices and take this list to the polls with you on election day.

Importance of Voting

In his Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln called our system of governance “government of the people, by the people and for the people.” It means that we are not here to serve our government, but that our government is here to serve us — and we have the right to decide who will represent us and how we want to be represented. It means that we have one of the greatest rights any free people can have: the right to vote.

Voting is a right that, throughout history, many have fought for and sacrificed everything to achieve. It’s a right that people continue to fight for and that millions of people throughout the world still do not enjoy. As Americans, we have the great privilege to live in a free society and voting is the right that makes us free.

Why Should I Vote?

Maybe you’re asking yourself, “With all the millions of people who vote in any given election, does my vote really count?” Or perhaps you feel like you can’t really make a difference, so why bother? The truth is that your vote does count and you do make a difference every time you vote!

Your vote holds your local and national leaders responsible for their decisions, and sends a message about the issues you think are important. Your vote affirms our right to elect and take part in our government. Without voting, there could be no republic.

Maybe you know other people who choose not to vote because they feel like what goes on in the government doesn’t affect them. The truth is, it does…in many ways. Elected officials make all sorts of decisions that can directly affect your life.

The President and Congress you elect will decide whether to raise or lower taxes, make economic policies that could affect your job and decide when or if to use military force. There are also local elections, which can have an even more immediate and personal effect on you, your lifestyle and your community.

Vote because you care about your community, believe in free government, and want to add your voice. Vote because it’s the right thing to do!


VOTER INFORMATION:

 

Montana

To vote in Montana, you must:

· Be registered as required by law.

· Be 18 years old or older on or before the next election.

· Be a citizen of the United States.

· Have lived in Montana for at least 30 days.

 

You cannot vote if:

· You're a convicted felon serving a sentence in a penal institution.

· You've been judged in a court of law to be of unsound mind.

 

    Secretary of State Voter Info

    Voter Registration Form

REGISTRATION:

 

Flathead County

Registering to vote in Flathead  County is simple and quick.  You may:

Visit their office located in the Old Courthouse on weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Fill out a Voter Registration Form available at many local government agencies, or when you apply or renew your Driver's License.

For regular registration, your voter registration form must be postmarked or received by the Election Department at least 30 days before the election.

For late registration (anytime after the close of regular registration), you must appear in person at the Election Department up to and including election day, fill out a voter registration card, and vote a ballot that you receive from the election office staff.

Voter Information Page

Voter Card

    County  Voting Precincts

 

Lake County

Voter Registration Form

County  Voting Precincts

 

Lincoln County

Regular voter registration closes 30 days prior to Election Day. If you miss the regular registration deadline, you may still register for the election by coming to the Election Department at the Lincoln County Courthouse until noon the day before the election and then from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day

 

Missoula County

Contact Information

Elected Official: Vickie Zeier, Clerk and Recorder/Treasurer

Phone - 406-258-4751

electioninfo@co.missoula.mt.us

Voter Registration Application

Print out the registration application, fill it out, sign it and mail it to the address at the bottom of the application or bring it to the office located on the second floor of the Courthouse Annex.

 

Ravalli County

Voter Registration Form

Ravalli Election Office

215 South 4th Street, Suite C

Hamilton, MT 59840, or

MT Motor Vehicle Division

102 Main St, Ste A

Stevensville, MT 59870

NOTE: If you miss the regular 30-day registration deadline, you may still register for an election (excluding school elections) by showing up at the county election office up to and including on Election day. This is known as late registration.

Late registration closes at noon the day before the election and re-opens on Election Day. Please contact the election office if you have questions regarding late registration (375-6550).

 

Sanders County

County  Voting Precincts