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Missoula County's security and process with voting ballots

Posted at 7:20 PM, Oct 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-16 21:20:02-04

MISSOULA — After President Trump called into question the safety and security of mail in elections, many people in Montana are wondering if their ballot was received.

The Missoula County Elections Administrator showed MTN News first hand how ballots are processed and secured.

Montana is one of the few states that will actually let voters know if their is an issue with their signature on the ballot.

"There's a form that you fill out, you'll need a copy of your ID, we can mail that to a voter, we can email that to a voter, or they can come in person to resolve that."

After a voter places their ballot in the drop box, it goes through almost 10 steps of security checks.

Workers check to make sure the signature on the ballot, matches the signature on file before ballots can move on.

Missoula County Elections Administrator Bradley Seaman said he's confident in the steps Missoula County takes to verify ballots.

"There's a lot going on, and we've got a really great process for it, it just sometimes takes a little bit of time to make sure we can do it correctly," said Seaman.

This room across the hall is where the ballots go to get sorted for one of the last times. But before Election Day comes, a few more accuracy checks.

Seaman said, "We've got our system that it was run through, the time, the person who ran them, and then the number of ballots that were counted."

Then, come November 3rd, Seaman said they open the secrecy envelope, prepare them to count, reseal them, get them to the counting center, and then look through them again.

"There's about 9 processes that they go through, each of these is a double check on the previous process to help make sure that these ballots can be accurately tracked and accounted for," said Seaman.