Posted: Nov 6, 2012 9:32 AM by Q2 News
Updated: Nov 6, 2012 9:32 AM
BILLINGS- Statewide numbers suggest absentee voting is quickly becoming the preferred method of voting for Montanans.
According to the Montana Secretary of State's Office, out of 675, 038 registered voters, 303,321 were sent absentee ballots, and a staggering 78,9%, or 239,357, have been returned by November 5th.
But if you still prefer to hit the polling places, never worry, you will still be able to put pencil or pen to paper in person.
Although the Yellowstone County Elections Office has received 50,000 absentee ballots back from voters, it's still expecting around 10,000 people to turn out to vote at polling places countywide tomorrow.
Polling places in Yellowstone County open up at 7 a.m., but a few rural communities outside of the county will likely not open up until 12 p.m. if they are expecting fewer than 400 people to vote in person.
If you are unsure if your county falls into that time restriction, call your local elections office.
Statewide, polls close at 8 p.m..
And although the folks volunteering to work at the polls wouldn't likely be happy to see long lines at 8 o'clock, you will be allowed to vote if you are in line as the polls close.
If you are unregistered but wish to vote, you are allowed to register and vote on the same day.
You must go to your elections office to register or, in Billings, go directly to MetraPark where you will be registered and vote all at once.
If you're still holding on to an absentee ballot, you can still drop those off at your polling place.
Click here to use a simple link which uses your address to tell you where to go to vote!