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Missoula ballots returning at slow pace going into last weekend of voting

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MISSOULA - There are just days left for voting in Missoula’s municipal elections. But going into the final weekend, only about a third of voters have returned ballots.

Voters are deciding three Missoula City Council races, the job of Municipal Court Judge, and the high profile race between incumbent Mayor John Engen and his challenger, Lisa Triepke. 

However, interest in the contests hasn’t been setting any records. 

Missoula County Elections staff reports around 34 percent of the 43,000 ballots mailed last month have been returned. That’s just under 15,000 ballots ready to count. 

That’s small when compared to recent federal and special elections, but pretty typical for the “off year” local races.

“We have kind of been in a Presidential mode the last year-and-a-half between the 2016 Primary, November federal and then going into the Special Election we had this spring," said Missoula Co. Elections Administrator Rebecca Connors. "We’re so used to higher turnout that when we see 34 percent, we’re like, ’man, that seems really, really low. But comparatively speaking to other high profile elections this is probably average for municipal elections”

Since the voting is being done entirely through the mail, there will be no polling places open on Tuesday. However, the county will have 12 different places where you can leave ballots, including the Elections Center at the Missoula County Fairgrounds, where all election services will be located for Nov. 7.

Other locations accepting ballots are as follows: 

  • Missoula County Courthouse, 200 W Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802. Ballot drop-off only prior to and on Election Day.
  • Cold Springs Elementary School, 2625 Briggs Street, Missoula, MT 59803
  • Paxson Elementary School, 101 Evans Avenue, Missoula, MT 59801
  • 5. Franklin Elementary School, 1901 S 10th St West, Missoula, MT 59801
  • 6. Lowell Elementary School, 1200 Sherwood, Missoula, MT 59802
  • 7. Rattlesnake School, 1220 Pineview Drive, Missoula, MT 59802
  • 8. University Center, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812
  • 9. Missoula City Fire Station #4, 3011 Latimer, Missoula, MT 59808
  • 10. Lewis & Clark Elementary School, 2901 Park Street, Missoula, MT 59801 

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