MISSOULA – Local elections officials stopped by the University of Montana on Tuesday to help get students set up for success.
UM was one of seven schools around the state participating in “Student Voter Day”, helping reach a key demographic in statewide races.
Tuesday marked the third event leading up to Election Day with officials also visiting Frenchtown and Seeley Lake in an attempt to reach more voters.
The events are also aimed at taking some pressure off the main office on election day, by answering questions and getting ballots submitted now.
Staff were on hand at UM to help students get registered, receive a ballot, and vote all in one swoop.
Missoula County Elections Supervisor Bradley Seaman says being on campus is beneficial for a lot of students who are constantly changing addresses.
“Absentee ballots are not forwardable. So we get a lot of people who have signed up for an absentee ballot and are waiting to receive it and they should have them by now,” Seaman said.
“So we’re also doing a lot of replacements of undeliverable absentee ballots here. And that’s a really helpful thing especially if you just recently moved from being on campus to off-campus or vice versa.,” Seaman added.
The fourth annual event was hosted by Forward Montana, a group aimed at making student’s voices heard at the polls.