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National Voter Registration day 2020 has more online presence

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Posted at 6:21 PM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 13:06:31-04

MISSOULA — Tuesday marked National Voter Registration Day and while some volunteers are still registering voters in person, COVID-19 forced some voter registration efforts online.

The coronavirus pandemic threw the 2020 election and this year’s national voter registration a curveball, but the drive to register voters continues on.

"Very important we are trying to get as many people out here voting as we can especially within our generation that’s why we are always out here on campus," MontPIRG intern project leader Sam Citadini said.

With all mail-in elections in parts of Western Montana, volunteers have had some explaining to do.

"We are definitely trying to get some more clarity with the mail-in election. It can be kind of confusing for some people so we are just trying to make that as clear as possible making sure people have their addresses updated to their current address so they aren’t missing out on any elections," Citadini added.

National Registration Day during the pandemic means a lot of the planned in-person registrations have had to move online.

"This week is just kind of a bigger effort promoting national voter registration day and just really just having posters with our registration portal link. Really all of our online efforts are sending people back to our online voter registration portal," Forward Montana Foundation statewide organizing manager Erin Miller said.

Miller also said that it's tough not being in the field but that phone calls and text have been producing conversations with people across the state about voting.