Opportunities to observe vote count, provisional ballot count, post-election audit, and canvass procedures


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Mail ballots for the November 3, 2020 Presidential General Election will be removed from their secrecy envelopes starting at 8 a.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at the City-County Building, 316 N Park Ave, Helena.

Votes will be counted beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 2, 2020 in Rm 113 of the City-County Building, 316 N Park Ave, Helena as speci?ed in 13-15-201, MCA, by a DS 850 Central Scanner and Tabulator. Vote counting procedures are open to public observation. Any person observing the procedures of the count must complete and sign an af?rmation stating, “I, _____, will not dis-cuss the results of the early counting of votes at any time prior to the closing of the polls on Election Day,” and is subject to 13-35-241, MCA:

13-35-241. Release of vote tally—penalty. (1) A person may not make public the results of a vote tally from a precinct until after the polls close as provided in 13-1-106.

(2) (a) A person who knowingly violates subsection (1) shall be imprisoned in the state prison for a term not to exceed 2 years or be ?ned an amount not less than $100,000 and not more than $500,000, or both.

(b) For the purposes of this section “knowingly” has the meaning speci?ed in 45-2-101.

Preliminary results will be posted beginning at 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at https://electionresults.mt.gov/

Accepted provisional ballots will be counted and added to the vote totals at 3pm on Monday, November 9, 2020 in Rm 113 of the City-County Building, 316 N Park Ave, Helena. The Post-Election Audit will be held at 9am on Friday, November 13 in the basement work room of the City-County Building, 316 N Park Ave, Helena. The County Canvass of the election will be held at 1pm on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 in Rm 309 of the City–County Building, 316 N Park Ave, Helena.

If you are interested in observing any of these processes, please call 406-447-8338. Space is limited. Observers will be required to social distance and wear a facemask.