Absentee ballots for our military and overseas citizens have been mailed and on Oct. 9 the absentee ballots for our annual absentee voters will be mailed.
“We had 20 military and overseas voters registered in our county and those ballots must be sent out 45 days prior to an election,” says Elections Officer Janice Hoppes.
As of this writing, Pondera County has 863 voters signed up for annual absentee ballots. The mailing to these voters is being prepared in order to meet the Oct. 9 deadline for mailing of these ballots.
Absentee ballots will be available in the Clerk and Recorder’s office at the courthouse beginning Oct. 9.
If you would like to vote by absentee in the November election, please stop in and sign up for an absentee ballot. As always, you can request an absentee ballot in person or by mail, fax or email. If you do not come in person to the office to request the ballot, send a written, signed request that includes your name, your residence address in the county, your mailing address and your birth date to the elections’ office.
You must also sign the request so if submitting by email, you will need to scan the request and email it as an attachment so your signature can be manually compared to the signature on record in our office.
Now is an excellent time to contact your family members who are away in the military or residing out-of-country to contact the elections’ office to get registered if needed and to request an absentee ballot.
Students off at college and anyone who anticipates wanting to vote by absentee for any reason should take note to request an absentee ballot now as well.
Many voters have received mailing from private organizations which have included a form to use to request an absentee ballot. Those mailings are not from the elections’ office but you can use those forms to request an absentee ballot.
Bottom line - if you want to vote absentee, you need to request an absentee ballot sooner rather than later.
Filing deadline for write-in candidates
The Federal General Election will be conducted across the nation on Nov. 6.
In Montana, the deadline to file as a write-in candidate for statewide, county or district positions is Sept. 28, 5 p.m.
Potential write-in candidates for state and district offices (such as district court judge or public service commissioner) would need to contact the Secretary of State’s office in the State Capitol to file. In Pondera County, there are two positions on the ballot, those of Clerk of District Court and Commissioner, District III.
Citizens wishing to file as a write-in candidate for either of the county positions would need to contact the county election administrator or staff in the Clerk and Recorder’s office in the county courthouse, 20 4th Ave SW, in Conrad.
Forms need to be completed and the filing fee paid. The write-in candidate’s name is not printed on the ballot but votes for the candidate will be counted if the candidate has filed the proper paperwork.
For more information, contact the Clerk and Recorder Janice Hoppes at 271-4000