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Wed Sep 16, 2020, 05:26 AM

'All-mail' ballots in Montana: How will it work this election?

For the first time in Montana history, 46 of Montana’s 56 counties this year will have “all-mail” ballots for a statewide general election – and lawsuits from Republicans, from the president on down, are attempting to stop it, claiming potential voter fraud and other problems.

But county election officials in Montana say it’s not the first time they’ve conducted huge mail-voting operations, and that Montana’s system is well-vetted and secure, to ensure votes are cast by registered voters and properly counted.

“Most ballots cast in Montana elections – even with polling-place elections – are mail ballots,” says Audrey McCue, elections administrator for Lewis and Clark County in Helena.

She’s referring to the already widespread use in Montana of absentee ballots, which are mailed ballots. In Montana’s 2018 general election, 73 percent of the votes cast were by absentee ballot, which are sent to those who request them.


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