Parents, uncles, aunts and grandparents: Take action! Make sure anyone born before Nov. 6, 1994, registers to vote this fall. Help young people become part of the democratic process. Voting is the single most powerful political act that we have in this great country. Those between 18 and 30 years old are frequently in transition: living in dorms or between apartments, for example.
So I demystified the process of voter registration:
Register by going to www.rockthevote.com! Or print an application from online; just Google “Montana Voter Registration.” It’s easy to find the application form, or pick up applications from the county courthouse.
The new voter completes the form, then snail mails it to the address on the form, or hand delivers it.
Young people are so accustomed to electronic communication that final steps, such as snail mail, needing a stamp, or hand delivery, might necessitate your help.
In case of a change of address, ballots are forwarded.
Registration closes Oct. 9. One caveat: ballots are not mailed until the 18th birthday of the person registering, so if the future voter was born between Oct. 8 and Nov. 6, 1994, he or she will have to pick up a ballot in person from the county courthouse between Oct. 8 and Nov. 6.
Each vote makes a huge difference in Montana, due to our sparse population. Many candidates have won or lost by a few votes. Cut this letter out. USE IT!
Pester those “Young ‘Uns” to take part! Thank you for your time.