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MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL: Register to vote and participate

MISSOULIAN EDITORIAL: Register to vote and participate

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Those “I voted” stickers you get for voting on Election Day are a source of pride, and rightfully so. Those who perform their civic duty and fulfill their obligations as citizens of a modern democracy should parade it around, and hopefully inspire others to vote as well.

But of course, you can’t vote if you aren’t registered; and if you haven’t already registered to vote, you don’t want to wait until Election Day to do so. Last-minute registrations have contributed to long lines – and correspondingly long waits – on past election days. So you’ll want to take care of that first step of the voting process right away.

Today, in fact, is National Voter Registration Day, and the Missoula County Elections Office has collaborated with several other groups to reach as many potential voters as possible.

The idea is that, by joining in a national effort that has seen more than 350,000 new voters register on this day in the past three years, Missoula County will be able to make registering to vote for the upcoming elections a can’t-miss opportunity.

The Elections Office is teaming up with local groups, both political and non-political, to bring volunteers to the University of Montana campus from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. There, all your registration questions will be answered by volunteers from Forward Montana, College Republicans and MontPIRG.

Meanwhile, a customer service table run by Elections Office staff will also be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first floor of the Missoula County Courthouse.

If you’re already registered and looking for a way to get further civically engaged, check out the Missoula County Elections Office’s YouTube videos on becoming an election judge. While training has ended for this year, the Elections Office is always looking to recruit more help for future elections. And, it’s a paid position.

Each election, the office tries to line up as many election judges as possible in order to ensure that there’s enough man-power to cover all the shifts throughout Election Day. Without enough qualified judges, the county has been forced to look at closing polling locations.

If you can help out, take the first step today by calling

258-4751 or emailing electioninfo@co.missoula.mt.us with your name and contact information. It’s never too early to sign up for training to become an election judge – or to register to vote.

Don’t delay; register to vote tomorrow. You’ll get the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re prepared to vote on Election Day.

And, you’ll even get an “I’m registered to vote” sticker.

More information: 

For more information about National Voter Registration Day, go to nationalvoterregistration day.org.

For more information about registering, voting or volunteering in Missoula County, visit the Office of Elections online at www.MissoulaVotes.com, call Elections Administrator Rebecca Connors at 258-4911, or send an email to rconnors @co.missoula.mt.us.

EDITORIAL BOARD: Publisher Mark Heintzelman, Editor Sherry Devlin, Opinion Editor Tyler Christensen

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