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Less than one-third of ballots returned so far in Yellowstone County primary elections

Posted at 6:20 PM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 20:21:30-04

BILLINGS — A crowded field of candidates for the Billings City Council will be narrowed down Tuesday.

Four of the five wards have contested races, but less than 30 percent of the ballots sent out have been returned.

Yellowstone County Elections Administrator Bret Rutherford reported Thursday that 13,336 ballots have been returned out of almost 50,000 sent out.

Eighteen candidates have put their names into consideration for Billings City Council, and three incumbents have decided not to run.

The top two candidates in each ward will advance to the general election in November.

Two school bond votes for Shepherd are also being decided on Tuesday, one for the high school and one for the elementary school. Ballots must be returned to the elections office by 8 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 10.

Click here to see a sample ballot with all candidates listed.