Absentee ballots trickling into Yellowstone County for upcoming primary

Posted at 6:26 PM, May 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 20:26:32-04

BILLINGS – With two weeks to go to Montana’s June 5 primary, 18,184 voters in Yellowstone County have already made their choice. 

County Elections Administrator Bret Rutherford said Tuesday the returns have been strong and he’s expecting around 36,000 to be returned before election day. 

Absentee ballots were mailed to 66,000 addresses on May 11, and 1,600 of those came back undeliverable.

The primary is highlighted by two key races for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House.

Republicans Troy Downing, Russ Fagg, Albert Olszewski and Matt Rosendale are squaring off in the Montana’s U.S. Senate primary.  he winner will face Democratic incumbent Jon Tester.

Democrats John Heenan, Grant Kier, Kathleen Williams, Jared Pettinato, and John Meyer are vying for the U.S. House nod. The winner will face incumbent Republican Greg Gianforte. 

There are also two district court judge races on the ballot and a few contested state legislative races.