Voicing Our Values

Let us vote.

February 15, 2018

For years, there had been a convenient, accessible polling place on the campus of Montana State University. But in 2012, County Commissioners moved the polling place off-campus to the Hope Lutheran Church. Instead of being able to walk safely across campus, voters without access to a car have to travel a mi

le along 19th Street, which has no shoulder, no sidewalk, no bike lane, no bus route, and a speed limit as high as 60 miles per hour.

At Forward Montana, we weren’t going to let voters risk their lives to vote. That’s why we teamed up with ASMSU and the League of Women Voters to urge the County Commision to restore an easily accessible polling location on Montana State University’s campus.

And in 2016, we secured just that! We’re proud to say that 100s of voters cast their ballots in a safe, accessible polling location right on their campus. 

 

On the Record

“Kiah Abbey, the Eastern Montana program director of Forward Montana, went on the record in response to the commissioners, stating during public comment that she believed keeping the polling location at Hope Lutheran was “insidious,” saying, “it’s emblematic of an increased worth and investment of resources ascribed to the voters that always show up. That increased investment becomes recursive, communicating to young voters, voters of color and voters who are economically marginalized that their votes aren’t worth anything.” — MSU Exponent

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On
the Record

“Kiah Abbey, the Eastern Montana program director of Forward Montana, went on the record in response to the commissioners, stating during public comment that she believed keeping the polling location at Hope Lutheran was “insidious,” saying, “it’s emblematic of an increased worth and investment of resources ascribed to the voters that always show up. That increased investment becomes recursive, communicating to young voters, voters of color and voters who are economically marginalized that their votes aren’t worth anything.” — MSU Exponent

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