FORT HARRISON, Mont. – Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen was a featured speaker at American Legion Boys State 2022 on Tuesday, visiting with students from across the state.
“It’s always an honor to visit with the delegates of the American Legion Boys State in Montana,” said Secretary Jacobsen. “These students are our future voters, leaders, and politicians, so it’s exciting to see them interested in our political process.”
Secretary Jacobsen explained the roles and responsibilities of the Secretary of State, as well as the various divisions within the SOS Office – Administrative Rules of Montana, Business Services, Elections, Notary Services, Operations, and Records and Information Management. She also discussed her responsibility as a member of the Montana Land Board and explained how the Commissioners assist in managing state trust lands to raise money for Montana schools.
Students also took the opportunity to ask Secretary Jacobsen several questions.
“It was great to hear students’ questions related to the responsibilities of our office, how they can become registered voters, and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about their plans to run for office or open businesses,” said Secretary Jacobsen.
Montana American Legion Boys State was established in 1947, and the annual event was held in Dillon until 2004. Helena became the host in 2005, allowing attendees to utilize the Montana State Capitol and hear from elected officials throughout the week.
Boys State attendees practice the operation of local, county, and state government by holding their own elections, city and county meetings, legislative sessions, and court proceedings, among other events, throughout the week.
Montana’s American Legion Boys State will send two delegates to the American Legion Boys Nation event, which is scheduled to begin July 22 in Washington, D.C.
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