If you want your municipal election ballot, you might need to check in with the Missoula County Elections Office.

"It is important to note that Missoula County currently has 18,842 inactive voters within city limits. ... Inactive voters will not receive the municipal mail ballot," the elections administrator cautioned Monday.

But inactive voters have time to re-up. Here are a few important dates, deadlines and instructions for voting in the 2011 all-mail election. For details, go to www.co.missoula.mt.us/election/voterreg.htm.

  • Regular voter registration is open at the Missoula County Courthouse through Oct. 11.
  • Late voter registration begins Oct. 12 at the County Fairgrounds in Building 15.
  • You're considered an inactive voter - and won't automatically get a ballot - if you didn't vote in 2010 or had a May 2011 ballot returned as undeliverable. "All these inactive voters have received at least one notice from us and in most cases two notices, and they haven't responded to those," said elections administrator Vickie Zeier. But she said those folks can still reactivate.
  • If you're an "inactive" voter whose address has changed, send in a new voter registration card - available online at www.co.missoula.mt.us/election/voterreg.htm or at the Elections Office - by Oct. 11. If you want to reactivate in person, wait until late registration opens at the fairgrounds.
  • If you're an "inactive voter" whose information is current, you may reactivate your registration by sending the Elections Office an email or note. Do so before Oct. 24.
  • Ballots will be mailed Oct. 24, and voters may track the status of their mailed ballots by going to the Missoula County Elections Office website. The Elections Office counts some 29,058 active voters in city limits.

The Elections Office will begin preparing the municipal mail ballots Oct. 14. Anyone interested in the mail ballot process is welcome to observe. Contact the Elections Office at 258-4751 for more information.

Reporter Keila Szpaller can be reached at 523-5262, keila.szpaller@missoulian.com or on MissoulaRedTape.com.


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