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Busy time at Ravalli County elections center

Posted at 7:34 PM, Nov 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-06 21:36:38-05

HAMILTON – It’s a quiet night for local races in Ravalli County but a tremendous amount of interest in the midterms in that GOP stronghold.

There are eight different polling places in the Bitterroot where you can turn in an absentee ballot or place your vote. Election officials have had a lot more to process this year.

“The hardest thing is we have a two-page ballot and normally it’s a one page, and so with the increase in return and the two-page ballot it’s double the work. It really is over at my counting center, but I think we are handling it.  It sounds like everything is going really well,” said Ravalli County Election Commissioner Regina Plettenberg.

Longer ballots and higher voter turnout has Ravalli County election officials feeling like there is more attention on this mid-term cycle

“It really is especially. Other midterm years this has been there has been more interest in this mid-term election,” Plettenberg said. “It kind of feels like a Presidential. The energy, the interest, the calls — it just feels like that.”

Polling centers across Montana close at 8 p.m.