MISSOULA — Local election officials were counting ballots late into the night on Tuesday as a record breaking voter turnout in Missoula County meant that the election judges have their hands full.
It took hours to count the tally up the results as ballots for the Montana Primary that weren’t already mailed in had to be brought to the Missoula County Fairgrounds from the outlying drop-off locations in Seeley, Frenchtown, Bonner, and Lolo.
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Missoula County Elections Administrator Bradley Seaman told MTN News on Tuesday evening that out of the over 71,000 were mailed for the election, a little over 61% were returned. He added that the return rate is something to be proud of.
Election officials say overall counting went smoothly this year and that thanks to the mail-in election, they were able to get a head start on counting the ballots.