Headed To The Polls

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Most of you know that I moved to Great Falls over five years ago, courtesy of the US Air Force. Until a few days ago, I had retained my Texas (yuck) residency, as I had during my entire 20 years in the Air Force. But now that I have retired from the Air Force (officially on December 1), I was finally able to do something that I have been looking forward to since arriving here: I am now an official Montana resident – and a Montana voter! I got my Montana driver’s license a few weeks ago, and also registered to vote; I called the Cascade County elections office last week and confirmed that I can now vote in Montana. Hooray!

And speaking of voting…the election for Mayor and two City Commissioners is on Tuesday, November 6. Here’s what you need to know if you want to vote (courtesy of the Trib):

Absentee ballots by mail: Write the Cascade County Elections Office, 325 2nd Ave. N., Great Falls, MT 59401, to request a ballot be mailed to you. Include your name, address and date of birth. The office recommends requesting the by-mail ballot before Thursday, although requests for mailed ballots will be honored through noon Monday. Drop off a voted ballot to the Cascade County Elections Office, 325 2nd Ave. N., before 8 p.m. next Tuesday, election night.

Absentee ballots in person: Obtain one through noon Monday at the Elections Office, 325 2nd Ave. N.

In person: Vote in person Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Montana ExpoPark.

Register to vote on Election Day: If you’re not already registered to vote, you can do so on Election Day in the Exhibition Hall at Montana ExpoPark, or before noon Monday at the Elections Office. The office will move to ExpoPark Monday afternoon to prepare for Tuesday’s election.

Where to Vote: Exhibition Hall at Montana ExpoPark, formerly the fairgrounds. Park free in the north parking lot next to the Four Seasons Arena and adjoining Exhibition Hall; free bus rides will be offered by Great Falls Transit from the downtown transfer station.

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