MISSOULA — Missoula residents in three city wards are voting on their City Council candidates Tuesday in the primary election.
Wards 1, 3 and 4 are contested and the top two candidates with the most votes will move on to the General Election in November.
Missoula County Election Administrator Dayna Causby says the voter turnout is around 27%, with the largest turnout in Ward 4. She hoping for an overall voter turnout of 30%.
The primary election was originally planned as a mail in election, however because of missed deadlines with paperwork, the election will also be conducted at polling places.
Causby says there is a silver lining with the mistake.
"The Office missed a deadline in submitting that paperwork to the Secretary of State Office. But, it does let us us use this opportunity to implement some new changes ahead of the 2020 election," she explained.
Polling places are open until 8 p.m. at Rattlesnake Elementary School, the Missoula Senior Center, Lewis and Clark Elementary School and the Missoula County Fairgrounds.