Turnout Reportedly Slow But Steady Across Montana

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Turnout for the primary election has been slow but steady at polling stations across Montana.

Voters are deciding party nominees for Congress, 25 state Senate seats and all 100 state House seats. Elections also were held for state Supreme Court, six district court judgeships and two public service commission spots.

At the Helena Civic Center, election officials say turnout is down dramatically compared to the 2008 election. Secretary of state spokeswoman Terri Knapp says polling locations across the state are reporting no lines.

But Knapp also says the 102,357 absentee votes recorded so far is greater than the number of absentee votes received in the 2008 presidential primaries.

Sixteen percent of registered voters have cast absentee ballots this year.