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Flathead officials send out record-breaking 35K+ absentee ballots

Posted at 5:43 PM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 20:05:08-04

KALISPELL – The Flathead County Elections Office has sent out a record number of absentee ballots in preparation for this year’s election.

With the big day less than two weeks away, election officials are preparing for a busy election cycle.

Flathead Election and Recording Supervisor Monica Eisenzimer says she’s seen three-hour wait lines for voters needing to register, or change their address, and she suggests that people do not wait until the last minute. She adds the county sent out the more than 35,000 absentee ballots, with about 10,000 returned already.

“If you’re voting an absentee ballot, make sure the ballot is here by November 6th. If you decide to mail it, make sure you mail it in time to get here, so I wouldn’t mail it later than Halloween. If you’re going to mail it, put 71 cents on it so it gets here and you don’t have to worry about it that way.”

Voters have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to return absentee ballots, or vote in person.

You can check your voter registration status by visiting the Montana Secretary of State’s My Voter Page.

Eisenzimer says if a ballot is not signed it cannot be accepted.

The Flathead County Election Office is located on the second floor of the South Campus Building on 11th Street West in Kalispell.