BILLINGS — A little less than half of the ballots issued to voters in Yellowstone County had been returned to the county election office by 3 p.m. Tuesday.
According to Yellowstone County Elections Office staff, of the about 65,000 votes sent out, about 27,000 have been accepted. Based on those ballot numbers, voter turnout was about 44 percent between Billings and Laurel.
Billings voters are tasked with choosing five new people to represent them on the Billings City Council.
By 3 p.m. Tuesday, Billings specifically had a 41 percent voter turnout.
In Laurel, voters will decide on the mayoral race and two city council races.
By 3 p.m. Tuesday, Laurel voters had a 49 percent turn out in the mayor and council races.
And the Laurel school district is asking voters their yes or no to purchase 21.4 acres of land to build a new elementary school. Voters already approved the money, about $405,000, as part of their levy this spring.
Laurel voters by 3 p.m. Tuesday had a 51 percent turn out in the school election.
Voters still have a chance to cast their vote. In order for a ballot to be counted, it must be dropped off at the Yellowstone County Elections Office at the Yellowstone County Courthouse in Billings by 8 p.m.