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Election administrator clarifies irrigation forms

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LAKE COUNTY – The Flathead Joint Board of Control recently sent out three forms to irrigators in preparation for the May 2018 election that have been a bit confusing.

Three forms were inside the envelope including a green instruction form, a designation form, and a signature form. Lake County Election Administrator Katie Harding clarified that the signature form does not need to be notarized.

The person designated to vote needs to sign the signature form so that the election office has a record of each voter’s signature, which is needed because the election is done by mail.

“It is meant to be a one-time form we will have on file to make sure we can complete our process to validate ballots,” Harding said.

The designation form does need to be notarized, but not everyone needs to fill it out. Harding said the designation form needs to be filled out and notarized only if there is more than one owner on the property.

“Single owners do not have to fill out the designation form,” she said.

For example, if a husband and wife are both listed as owners, one of the two needs to be designated to vote. The form is also needed for land owned by corporations, a limited liability company, an owner of land under contract of sale, an owner subject to guardianship, or land owned jointly by tenants. 

She said the designated voter must be 18 years of age or older, but they don’t need to be a Montana resident.

To summarize, every voter needs to send in a signature form that doesn’t need notarized. The designation form needs to be notarized if there are multiple owners on a property. The forms need to be sent back to the FJBC office before March 1.

A story in the Jan. 17 issue incorrectly listed which forms required notarizing. The Valley Journal regrets the error.


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