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Updates on Lake County elections

In the upcoming elections, residents in precincts POL 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 will vote at the Polson Middle School gymnasium rather than the Linderman Elementary School gymnasium. Those voting at the middle school should park at the south end of the New Life Church parking lot. Elderly voters and those with disabilities may park in the lot directly next to the school building, between New Life Church and the school. All voters should enter the gym through the door furthest west on the north side of the gym. Voters in these precincts will receive these instructions by mail.

New Pablo precincts created

In order to reduce congestion at the Ronan polls, a new Pablo polling place has been created. Those who live north of Rolling Road and Canyon Mill Road will be assigned to new precincts PAB 1 or PAB 2. Residents who live south of those roads will remain in precincts RON 1 or RON 2. The new Pablo polling location will be at the Pablo Christian Church at 35890 Clairmont Rd. Residents of Ronan precincts will continue to vote at the Ronan Community Center. All registered voters in the new Pablo precincts will receive information about their precinct and polling location by mail. More information and a map of the updated precinct boundary lines can be found at www.lakemt. gov/elections or at the Lake County Elections Office.

Votes to be tabulated in central location

Starting with the upcoming election, votes will not be counted at individual polling locations. Instead they will be tabulated at the Lake County Courthouse. The change is an effort to reduce equipment and training expenses. Voters will place their completed ballots into a secure box which will be transported to the courthouse for counting the night of the election. Lake County has purchased a new tabulator that will count all county ballots. Members of the public can watch their vote be tabulated from a sequestered room at the courthouse.

Questions about polling can be directed to Katie Harding, Lake County Election Administrator at 406-883-7268 or kharding@

Candidates for Lake County offices

The Federal Primary Election will be held on June 5, 2018. It will be a poll election and absentee ballots will be sent out on May 11.

Steven N. Eschenbacher, a Republican, is running unopposed to retain his position as Lake County Attorney.

Paula Holle is running unopposed to retain her position as Lake County Clerk & Recorder.

Incumbent Gale Decker, a Republican, is running for Lake County Commissioner in District 3. He is opposed by Caroline McDonald, a Democrat.

Lake County Justice of the Peace Randal “Randy” Owens has refiled for his position and is running unopposed.

David Coffman is challenging incumbent Don Bell for the position of Lake County Sheriff. As both men are running on the Republican ballot, the election will be decided at the June 5 primary.

Carolyn Hall has refiled for Lake County Superintendent of Schools and is running unopposed.

Robin G. Vert-Rubel has filed to retain her position as Lake County Treasurer and is also running unopposed.

Ashley D. Morigeau and Ben Anciaux are running for the position of 20th Judicial District Court Judge against incumbent Deborah “Kim” Christopher.

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