The Elections Office is excited to announce upcoming opportunities for the public to view democracy at work.
Thursday, April 29 election judges will begin removing voted mail ballots from secrecy envelopes starting at 10am in the City-County Building, 316 N Park Ave.
Friday, April 30 at 9am, the County Election Administrator will conduct a public test of the DS850 Central Scanner and Tabulators which are used to count votes in an election. The test will be done at the City-County Building, 316 N Park Ave.
Monday, May 3 vote-counting will begin at the City-County Building, 316 N Park Ave. Results will not be released until 8pm on Election Day, May 4. Vote counting procedures are open to public observation. Any person observing the procedures of the count must complete and sign an affirmation stating, “"I, _____, will not discuss 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 fined 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 specified in 45-2-101.
Monday, May 3 at 12pm is the deadline to request absentee ballots or to late register in person for any May 4 elections.
Tuesday, May 4 is Election Day. Ballots must be received (not postmarked) by 8pm.
Monday, May 10, verified provisional ballots will be counted starting after 3pm at the City-County Building, 316 N Park Ave.
Tuesday, May 18 the Board of County Commissioners will canvass the results of the special purpose district elections at 1:30pm in Rm 326 of the City-County building, 316 N Park Ave. The school boards canvass the school district elections.
All of these processes are open to public observation. Social distancing and masks are required. If you have questions or are interested in observing please call the elections office at 406-447-8338.