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26, 2003 Montana SIDNEY HERALD The Montana Votes Project announced recently its plans for a public education pro- gram to inform Montana vot- ers of their new rights and re- sponsibilities under the Help America Vote Act of 2002. The project will begin with a series of public service an- nouncements that will air over the next yean The aim of the PSAs is threefold: First, they will inform voters that changes are coming and where they can get informa- tion about them; second, they will inform voters of what those changes are; and finally, they will explain, in specifics, what voters will need to know and do on Election Day, Many prominent Mon- tanans will be featured in the PSAs, including Secretary of State Bob Brown, former At- torney General Joe Mazurek, broadcaster Taylor Brown, Yellowstone County Election Administrator Duane Winslow, Missoula County Clerk and Recorder Vicki VOTERS MUST bring identification such as a driver's license, state ID, cur- rent utility bill, tribal ID or student ID to the polls. HANDICAPPED accessible voting equipment, especially for the visually impaired, must be available at each polling place. Zeier, Director of American Indian Minority Achievement Ellen Swaney, Carroll College Fighting Saints Coach Mike Van Diest and many others. "These PSAs are just a part of our public education effort, which will also include train- ing, outreach and cooperative agreements with local groups," Montana Votes Pro- ject Coordinator Amy Sulli- van said. "We are happy to announce these PSAs as part of our effort, and we are grateful to all of those who have volunteered to become involved." Changes under the Help America Vote Act include: 1) Handicapped accessible voting equipment, especially for the visually impaired in every polling place. 2) The ability to vote provi- sionally for any reason (vote at the poll while meeting vot- ing qualifications later). 3) Voters bringing identifi- cation to the polls to vote (ID includes but is not limited to driver's license, state ID, cur- rent utility bill, tribal ID, stu- dent ID or any other govern- ment ID). The Montana Votes Project is made up of 20 Montana citi- zens who are interested in the election process in Montana. The Help America Vote Elec- tions Advisory Group advises the Secretary of State's Office on how best to implement HA- VA in Montana. Based on their input, the Montana Votes Project has developed a budget and plan to implement these changes. out o victory , Samantha Byer, Kaila Foss, Laken Jurgens, junior gold hockey tournament in Sidney. BILL VANDER Wife I SIDNEY HERALD Kristan DeCoudres and Brit- 1, Company L, 151st Avia- Montana National Guard has been in support of Op- Freedom/Iraqi pro- in early December Fort Bragg, S.C., in mid to late De- the unit's mobilization unit continues to train in prepa- ration for potential overseas deployment. Located in Helena, the 151st is a detachment of a larger aviation maintenance unit in South Carolina. The unit's mission is to provide corps-level support of aviation intermediate maintenance to aviation units operation in a combat theater. It is comprised of maintenance and supply personal authorized to maintain ro- tary-wing aircraft in the Army inventory. State Auditor John Morri- son asked Friday that $1 mil- lion collected by the State Au- ditor's Office be used toward Children's Health Insurance Program. "CHIP is good for the chil- dren, it's good for the Mon- tana economy, and it helps control the cost of health in- surance for all of us, it just makes sense," Morrison said. The check comes to the state as part of the US Bancorp Piper Jaffray settlement. The $1 million, which is unantici- pated monies, goes into the state's general fund. In a letter to Gov. Martz, Morrison asked the $1 million collected by his agency for the general fund be invested in CHIP "Investing the $1 million of general funds in CHIP will bring $4 million of federal matching funds already avail- able to Montana, and will in- sure about 3,000 children," Morrison said. "Providing 'Reducing the number of uninsured Montanans is one of the most important things we can do to improve Montana's economy.' John Morrison State auditor health coverage to Montana's children should be one of our top priorities." Last month, Morrison asked the Martz Administration to allocate $3 million in recently freed up Medicaid funds to the CHIP program. The adminis- tration allocated $609,000 in state funds to prevent pro- gram reductions and add all IP 1,334 wait-listed children to CHIP (effective Nov. 1). "I applaud the governor's ef- forts; adding 1,300 children is a step in the right direction, but there are still nearly 33,000 children who are unin- sured in Montana," Morrison said. "Reducing the number of uninsured Montanans is one of the most important things we can do to improve Mon- tana's economy" Morrison said. "Providing health insur- ance coverage for more Mon- tartans will reduce the cost of insurance for those already insured. The uninsured often delay medical care until a con- dition is more serious, and more costly. That is bad public policy and bad economic poli- cy. Providing more CHIP cov- erage would reduce our cost- shifting problem." The state is curren over- ing 11,000 children the CHIP program. I : asked students to .... i paOg5 t~ ."- o. 9" atY create special iY'oO .,. " t i, '!Christmas greetings., ua,e,- i ' ! ..... I in and get your list of addresses and postcards from one of these participating sponsors: Take o~,nership l of your fina, ncml furore. ~ww.rk ' i01 South CentralAvenueOSidneyO4J3':g(~qO Ave. www, FAR MM BUREA FI; :ANC|A~,~ L SERV|C[~ [tt.~'Ut'dtl( (, [llvC~Ot~tll3 I 804 S. 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