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Lake County voting by mail during time of 'unprecedented challenges'

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POLSON – Lake County voters will vote by mail instead of at the polls in the upcoming June 2 primary election in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the county. 

The Lake County commissioners unanimously approved the election change during a public meeting streamed live through the Lake County Facebook page on Monday, March 30. The commissioners voted on Lake County Resolution No. 20-06, which allows the county to conduct the federal primary election by mail.

Commissioners passed the resolution following a directive issued Wednesday, March 25, by Gov. Steve Bullock that allowed all Montana counties to conduct all-mail elections and to increase early voting for the June 2 primary.

“This is about protecting Montanans’ right to vote at a time we face unprecedented challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bullock in a released statement. “Locally elected officials best understand the voting needs of their communities, and taking this action now ensures they will have the time to make the right decisions for their localities. I feel confident we can protect both the public’s health and the right to vote with this direction.”

More than 15,000 vote-by-mail ballots are scheduled to go out in the mail May 8.

“The county will be sending all active registered Lake County voters a vote-by-mail ballot application with a postage-paid return envelope,” said Katie Harding, Lake County Election Administrator.

Vote-by-mail ballots must be received – not postmarked – in the election office by 8 p.m. on June 2 in order to be counted.

For your convenience, the election office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Election office staff request visitors use the east side door of the courthouse building located at 106 4th Ave East in Polson.

For more information call 883-7269 or visit online at  https://www.lakemt.gov/election/election.html 

To check your current voter registration status, please visit https://app.mt.gov/voterinfo.

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