Electronic absentee voting system now available for absent military personnel

Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch announced Friday the Electronic Absentee System that provides Montana’s absent military servicemen and women the option to conveniently register to vote and apply for, receive and mark a ballot, was available starting Friday, Sept. 23.

 “Montana consistently leads the way when it comes to options for our absent military voters,” McCulloch said. “Our Electronic Absentee System helps these folks who do not have timely access to mail services so that they can seamlessly register and receive a ballot, no matter where in the world they are stationed. The Electronic Absentee System is especially important for this election, due to the necessity of reprinting paper ballots. We have worked tirelessly to get ballots corrected on the system in order to have it go live today. Anything we can do to make sure that these voters are able to cast a ballot in the November election is well worth the extra effort.”

The service is available to qualified members of the armed forces, their families and overseas U.S. citizens who are absent from their Montana voting residence. Ballots marked using the EAS may be returned to the county election office by email, mail or facsimile. Voters have until 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 8 to return their ballots.

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