Yellowstone County residents turn out in record numbers for Tuesday’s primary

Posted at 7:12 PM, Jun 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 21:12:42-04

The turnout for Tuesday’s primary election in Yellowstone County was the second highest for a non-presidential year.

That word from Yellowstone County Elections Administrator Brett Rutherford.

The county’s final tally showed that 43 percent of the county’s 94.765 registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary, slightly higher than the statewide turnout of 41 percent.

 Rutherford said one of the most notable takeaways from Tuesday’s voting, was the lack of people who actually went to the polls to vote.

 Rutherford told Q2 News that only 1,629 people voted at the county’s 14 polling places on Tuesday, which represents just 1.7 percent of the county’s registered voters.

Also out of the ordinary, the number of people who chose to drop off their absentee ballot in person, rather than mail them in.

Rutherford estimates as many as 80 percent of the ballots turned in at the Courthouse on Tuesday were delivered in person.