BILLINGS, Mont. — State and local election officials held their biennial Election Administrator Certification training event this week. The Elections & Voter Services Division of the Montana Secretary of State’s Office hosted the training, which consisted of a variety of topics in preparation for the 2022 midterm elections.
The Secretary of State’s Election & Voter Services staff consisted of Dana Corson, Stuart Fuller, Gabi Ames, Kyler Baker, Mark Carpenter, Ray Dagnall, Conner Gagnon, and Missy McLarnon.
The training was open to all county election administrators in Montana.
Attendees from across the state discussed voter registration, candidate filing, resources and recruitment ideas for election judge training, as well as preparation for Election Day.
The three-day training event also highlighted the importance of cybersecurity awareness. Austin Lindsay, the Information Security Officer at the Montana Secretary of State’s Office, led the presentation with representatives from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the National Guard, and the Montana Analysis & Technical Information Center (MATIC).
“I’m thankful for the hard work of state and local election officials,” said Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen. “Exercising our right to vote is an important civic duty, one that could not be performed without election officials, election judges, and poll workers.
“I’m proud of the staff at the Secretary of State’s Office for conducting this important training event for all of Montana’s election administrators.”
Montana’s 2022 candidate filing season began on Thursday, January 13 and runs through 5 p.m. on Monday, March 14. As of Friday morning, more than 230 candidates had submitted their filing to the Montana Secretary of State’s Office.
The primary election will be held on Tuesday, June 7, while the general election is slated for Tuesday, November 8. Multiple offices will be on the ballot, including each state representative seat and 26 of the 50 state senate seats.
Montana will also elect two Congressional representatives in November.