September 9, 2019
Helena -- The Lewis and Clark County elections office is preparing ballots for the November 5, 2019, Municipal General and County Special Election. The election will be by mail, with ballots mailed to all active electors on October 16. Voted ballots are due back in the elections office by 8 pm on Election Day, Tuesday, November 5.
The deadline to register to vote for this election is October 7 at 5 pm. After that, the elections department can accept “late registrations” at their office during business hours between October 8 and November 1. On November 4, late registration closes at 12 pm. On Election Day, November 5, late registration is available for extended hours from 7 am to 8 pm. Citizens are encouraged to call the elections office at 406-447-8339 if they do not received their ballot in the mail or have any questions about registering and voting in the election.
Voters residing in the City of Helena will elect two city commissioners, a municipal court judge and neighborhood district council members. In the City of East Helena, voters residing in Ward 1 south of Riggs Street will be electing a councilmember. Voters residing in Ward 2 north of Riggs Street will also elect a councilmember.
Lewis and Clark County voters, including those in city limits, will also be voting on the question of whether to allow nonpartisan elections for county officers.
“Average turnout for a local election is around 40% - 50%,” said Audrey McCue, Lewis and Clark County Elections Supervisor. “We hope for a big turnout because we want our citizens to participate in their local government, and because this is a good time for voters to familiarize themselves with the registration and voting process so they are ready to vote in the presidential primary and general elections next year. Our office will be implementing new processes and technologies during this election so that we will be prepared for November 2020, where we could see voter turnout above 80%.”
For more information on voter registration and elections, contact Audrey McCue at 406-447-8338 or amccue(at)lccountymt.gov. A list of candidates can be provided upon request.