In what may be one of the most confusing election cycles ever, voters who cast their ballots by mail need to pay attention this next week. “We have some voters who are definitely confused right now,” said Ravalli County Clerk and Recorder Regina Plettenberg. “We’ve been getting calls from people telling us that they opened their envelopes and found there weren’t any congressional races on their ballots.” That’s because the absentee ballots for the upcoming special election to select Montana’s sole congressman won’t be mailed out until next week. The mail ballots that voters have already received are for several school and one fire district election.
Those ballots are due back to the county by May 2, which just so happens to be the same date the absentee ballots for the special congressional election will start appearing in people’s mailboxes.
“There’s going to be some crossover next week,” Plettenberg said. “That just puts the cherry on the cake for this election cycle. We do want to encourage people who already have ballots to return those by the end of this week.”