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Clerk and Recorder Vickie Zeier pulls early voting numbers from a printer on Election Night in November 2013 as ballot counter Scott Seitz looks on.


If you’re voting by mail, you should have a ballot in hand shortly.

On Monday, the Missoula County Elections Office put 21,481 absentee ballots in the mail, and those who still want to vote by mail may make the request in writing to the office with their signature, said elections administrator Vickie Zeier. In this year’s primary, voters also may go to the polls June 3.

“Late registration goes until Election Day, and we start that tomorrow (Tuesday) out at the fairgrounds,” Zeier said.

The fairgrounds serves as election headquarters for the Missoula County Elections Office. The office will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with the exception of Election Day, when it will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This year, the primary election will determine the new Missoula County sheriff and Missoula County attorney since no Republicans filed in those races. That means Republicans must choose between voting the Democratic ballot – and weighing in on the next sheriff and county attorney – or voting the Republican ballot – and helping to choose the GOP’s picks for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House.

Earlier this year, some voters called the Elections Office to find out if they could write in the name of a sheriff’s candidate on the Republican ballot. Those votes, though, don’t count toward a Democratic nomination.

If voters mark both ballots, either at the polls or through the mail, the system invalidates all the votes. Zeier said she hasn’t had many related questions recently, but she anticipates they might pick up again as people open their mail.

“We’ll probably start hearing a little more once the ballots go out,” Zeier said.

Reach Keila Szpaller at @keilaszpaller, at or at (406) 523-5262.

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Higher Education Reporter

Higher education / University of Montana reporter for the Missoulian.