Reminder to absentee voters to return absentee ballots

On Friday, Secretary of State and Chief Elections Official Linda McCulloch reminded absentee voters to return absentee ballots to their local county elections office.

The United State Postal Service is recommending that ballots be mailed one week before Election Day to ensure they reach county election offices by Election Day. Under Montana law, postmarks cannot be accepted.

If absentee voters could not mail their ballot by Nov. 1 as the Postal Service recommends, the Secretary of State recommends voters hand deliver absentee ballots to their local county election office to ensure their delivery by Election Day. Voters may also deliver their absentee ballot to their local polling place on Election Day.

“My office and the county election offices work close with the USPS to try to ensure that ballots are received in the county office by Election Day. The USPS is telling us one week, so we want all absentee voters to be aware.”

Voters have until 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 8, to turn in their absentee ballots.

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