This week, Governor Steve Bullock issued a directive to allow Montanans to vote safely in the upcoming June 2 primary election by expanding voting opportunities.
Missoula County Elections Administrator Bradley Seaman explained how the directive will allow early voting or a mail only election.
“The governor issued a directive that counties would have the opportunity to run the upcoming June election by mail if they choose to do so,” said Seaman. “It also updated for school district elections as well as a few other deadlines. What he really stressed was to what we’re trying to do is that we are minimizing contact between individuals practicing social distancing and allowing this election to take place by mail if the county chooses to do so.”
Seaman said mail-in elections are nothing new to Missoula County.
“This is really pretty common for us,” he said. “All of our school elections are run via mail, so it’s a very similar process to that, just applying to the upcoming primary election.”
Seaman said the upcoming primary would be a good chance for the Montana legislature to decide whether or not to make all future elections by mail only and eliminate the traditional polling place election.