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Notice of Voting System Exhibition, Diagrams and Voting Instructions, and Method of Counting Absentee Ballots Notice of Voting System Exhibition and Ballot Layout: Please note that the county’s voting systems are on public exhibition at 140 N Russell St through September 22, 2020. Please see diagrams of the voting system(s) and ballot arrangement and instructions on voting below. SAMPLE BALLOT LAYOUT – BALLOT MARKED BY VOTER OR AUTOMARK VOTING SYSTEM Sample County State of Montana COUNTY (Continued) INSTRUCTIONS TO VOTERS 1. TO VOTE, COMPLETELY FILL IN ( ) THE OVAL USING A BLUE OR BLACK PEN. Election Date COUNTY (Continued) FOR SAMPLE OFFICE 1 (VOTE FOR ONE) GEORGE WASHINGTON JOHN ADAMS 2. To write in a name, completely fill in the oval to the left of the line provided, and on the line provided print the name of the write-in candidate for whom you wish to vote. FOR SAMPLE OFFICE 3 (VOTE FOR ONE) JAMES BUCHANAN ABRAHAM LINCOLN FOR SAMPLE OFFICE 2 (VOTE FOR ONE) ANDREW JACKSON MARTIN VAN BUREN WILLIAM H. HARRISON JOHN TYLER 3. DO NOT MAKE AN IDENTIFYING MARK, CROSS OUT, ERASE, OR USE CORRECTION FLUID. If you make a mistake or change your mind, exchange your ballot for a new one. VOTE IN ALL COLUMNS (VOTE BOTH SIDES INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO VOTE ON AN EXPRESSVOTE VOTING SYSTEM Touchscreen Touchscreen ▲ ▲ ▲ ▲ Ballot Entry Slot Ballot Entry Slot The ExpressVote is a ballot-marking system that is available for anyone to use during the upcoming election. Its main purpose is to allow voters with disabilities and other special needs to mark a ballot privately and independently. ▲ Election Information ▲ Barcodes of election information and votes ▲ 1. Inform the election official that you wish to vote using ExpressVote. 2. You will be issued a ballot card. 3. Insert the ballot card into the ballot feed tray on the front of the machine. 4. The screen will display instructions and the ballot choices. 5. The following helpful options are available: a. Change contrast and font size for readability b. Audio headphones c. Braille keypad d. Connection for Sip-n-Puff personal device 6. Make your selections by using the touch-screen capability, or by using the keypad. 7. After you have completed your selections, the ExpressVote will confirm your selections on the screen, and by audio if you select the audio option. 8. After verifying your selections, the ExpressVote will mark and print out your ballot card. Votes for candidates and measures are printed on the card. 9. Confirm your choices on the printed and marked ballot card. 10. Return the marked ballot card to the election official. 11. You can request help anytime during the process. A test of the ES&S DS 850 Vote Tabulators and ExpressVote ballot-marking systems that will be used on Election Day (September 22, 2020) will be conducted on September 17, 2020. Please contact the Elections Department for testing times and locations. All tests are open to the public. Absentee ballots will be publicly counted on September 22, 2020 starting after 3 p.m. at the following location: Missoula County Fairgrounds Building #35 as specified in 13-15-201, MCA, by the following method: X - counting by a voting system  - by election judges appointed to count absentee ballots - while the polls are open. Any person observing the procedures of the count must be sequestered with the board until the polls are closed and is required to take the oath provided in 13-15-207(4), MCA. Mail ballots for the September 22, 2020 Lolo School Bond and Site Sale election will be removed from their secrecy envelopes starting at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at the Missoula County Elections Office 140 N Russell St. Votes will be counted beginning at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 in Building 35 at the Missoula County Fairgrounds, Missoula, as specified in 13-15-201, MCA, by a DS 850 Central Scanner and Tabulator. Vote counting procedures are open to public observation. Any person observing the procedures of the count must complete and sign an affirmation stating, ‘I, _____, will not discuss the results of the early counting of votes at any time prior to the closing of the polls on election day,” and is subject to 13-35-241, MCA: 13-35-241. Release of vote tally -- penalty. (1) A person may not make public the results of a vote tally from a precinct until after the polls close as provided in 13-1-106. (2) (a) A person who knowingly violates subsection (1) shall be imprisoned in the state prison for a term not to exceed 2 years or be fined an amount not less than $100,000 and not more than $500,000, or both. (b) For the purposes of this section “knowingly” has the meaning specified in 45-2-101. Preliminary results will be posted beginning at 8:00 pm on Election Day, Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at and on Accepted provisional ballots will be counted and added to the vote totals at 3:00 pm on Monday, September 28, 2020 at the Elections Office, 140 N Russell St. All of the above are open to the public. If you are interested in observing any of these processes, please call 406-258-4751. Observers will be required to social distance. As a reminder on Election Day, 09/22/20, the following drive thru and drop off locations will be open from 7 am – 8 pm: Missoula County Fairgrounds, 1101 South Ave, Missoula MT 59801 – Drive Thru Lolo Elementary School, 11395 Hwy 93 S, Lolo MT – Drop off (lower gymnasium) ■ Missoula County Election Office, 140 N Russell St – Drop off ■ ■ DATED this 13th Day of September Missoula County Elections