Glacier, Pondera and Toole County election administrators and their staffs have been busy preparing for this year’s all mail Primary Election. Ballots must be received by 8 p.m. at all county election offices on Election Day, June 2, in order to be counted.
Ballots were sent to active registered voters last month. All ballots included pre-paid postage to allow voters to return ballots by mail at no expense to the voter.
People who are not yet registered and want to receive a primary ballot now must register in-person at their county election office while following social distancing guidelines.
Montana nominates candidates through an “Open Primary” process. This means voters do not register with a political party. Registered voters will be mailed all-party ballots for their jurisdiction and must choose one party ballot to vote.
Voters will receive a Democratic, Green, and Republican party ballot. Some voters will also receive a Libertarian party ballot.
It is important to remember, you, the voter must choose only one of these party ballots to vote.
The voted ballot should be placed in the “ballot secrecy envelope” and returned in the signed return envelope. The remaining party ballots do not need to be returned and can be destroyed.
If a voter returns more than one voted party ballot in their secrecy envelope, those ballots will be rejected and cannot be counted. Through Montana’s secret ballot process, there is no record of which party ballot a voter chooses.
Voters are reminded that the traditional polling place locations will not be available on Election Day, Tuesday, June 2, but all county election offices are open now through election day.
Election administrators encourage voters to avoid crowds and lines by taking advantage of the many services that can be done through the mail.
Voting-age residents are encouraged to take the online “My Voter Page Challenge” at VotingInMontana.com to confirm their registration status, ensure their information is current with their local election office, and check the status of their ballot.
Unofficial results from the June 2 Primary will be posted on the newspaper’s website as soon as they are available on Election Night.
Results will also be published in the June 10 issue of the newspaper.
Election information for Glacier County appears on page 16 of this week’s issue.
Election information for Pondera County appears on page 18 of this week’s issue.
Election information for Toole County appears on page 22 of this week’s issue.