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The Montana Democratic Party is committed to ensuring that all eligible voters are able to cast their ballots successfully during an election. Approximately 90% of voters who receive absentee ballots cast their votes, making mail‐in ballots an effective measure to ensure high voter turnout and maximize democratic participation. 

Voting by mail is incredibly convenient, and the sign‐up process is relatively simple. Unfortunately, the permanent absentee list is anything but permanent. Voters must confirm their address every two years, and failure to complete this process results in the failure to receive a mail‐in ballot and is likely to reduce turnout altogether.

While mail voting has grown in popularity in Montana over the past several elections, several administrative hurdles make it difficult for low‐turnout voters to stay on the mail rolls once they have been signed up. The address confirmation postcard process is the largest obstacle. In 2014, failure to complete this step resulted in approximately 95,000 Montana voters failing to receive an absentee ballot by mail, after they had received a mail ballot in 2012. Of those, 71% (or nearly 67,000) did not vote in the 2014 election.

This is why the Montana Democratic Party is enlisting volunteers to reach eligible voters throughout Montana and remind them to turn in their confirmation cards. We are calling lists of strong Democrats who live in important voting districts across the state. We hope that these reminders will help maintain voters on the absentee list and will result in greater voter turnout in 2016. 

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