Americans believe that our democracy is the best in the world and our elections should be free, fair and accessible to all eligible voters. The candidates who are elected this Nov. 6 will shape our future: our education, our health care and our economy.
On Sept. 25, the Montana League of Women Voters and other organizations across our state will be registering voters — in libraries, colleges and universities, in front of places of business and retail stores. Look for announcements in your newspaper or on public access TV stations for the places in your community where you can register to vote on Sept. 25.
You can register to vote at your county election office or fill out a registration application online at the Montana Secretary of State's website. Regular registration ends Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. You may late register beginning on Oct. 10 at your county election office up to and including on Election Day.
At the secretary of state's website (sos.mt.gov), you can find all the information you need about registering to vote, absentee voting, your polling places and more. This information is also available at your county election office. Those legislative referenda and citizens' initiatives that will be on the November ballot can also be found at the secretary of state's website.
If you could do one thing to make an impact on the issues that matter most to your family and community, wouldn't you do it? That's what voting is all about. Register, learn about the issues and candidates, then vote this November.
Nancy Detrick, president
Montana League of Women Voters