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Yellowstone County primary turnout breaks record

48,000 ballots returned
Posted at 6:15 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 20:23:23-04

Montana's first all mail-in election is proving to be popular among voters.

A record turnout is already in the books in Yellowstone County and statewide as well, with one more day to go before the ballots are due.

In Billings, as of Monday morning, 48,000 ballots had been mailed back to the Yellowstone County elections office. That breaks the previous record by about 5,000 ballots, and that number continues to grow.

Yellowstone County Elections Administrator Bret Rutherford told MTN News that there has been a steady stream of people dropping off ballots throughout Monday.

In Helena, statewide totals from the Secretary of State's Office indicated more than 312,000 ballots were mailed back as of Sunday evening.

Voters in Yellowstone County who have yet to turn in their ballot can do so in person Tuesday at one of four ballot drop sites. Those drop sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The ballot drop sites include the county elections office on the first floor of the Yellowstone County Courthouse.

Other sites include the MetraPark Box office, Yellowstone Valley Electric Co-Op in Huntley and Laurel High School.

The deadline to have your ballot turned in is 8 p.m. Tuesday.

By the numbers

Ballots returned:

Yellowstone County 48,000 (86,000 mailed out)

Previous record: 43,081 (2016 primary)

Montana: 312,398 ballots returned

Yellowstone County Ballot Drop Sites:

County Election Office - 217 N. 27th Room 101, Billings

Metra Park Box Office - 308 6th Ave North, Billings

Yellowstone Valley Electric Co-Op - 150 Cooperative Way, Huntley

Laurel High School Main Entrance - 203 E 8th, Laurel