With less than a day remaining until polls open in Montana’s special congressional election, county officials are busy getting ready. “Sometimes I think of planning the election kind of like planning a wedding, where there’s months and months of preparation,” said Audrey McCue, Lewis and Clark County’s elections supervisor. “The day before the election we’re wrapping up all of those preparations, getting everything ready to go, and then on Election Day, it’s the big event, the main event.”
Workers are putting together boxes of ballots and supplies that will go to each polling place. They are also updating the register of voters, noting whether a voter received an absentee ballot, so that they won’t be able to vote.
Republican Greg Gianforte, Democrat Rob Quist and Libertarian Mark Wicks are running to replace former Rep. Ryan Zinke in Congress, after he was appointed U.S. Secretary of the Interior earlier this year. The race to fill his seat is Montana’s first statewide special election in decades.