Long Lines Persist Past Close of Montana Polls

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – The polls have closed in Montana but long lines of same-day registrants are still being reported across the state.

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch spokeswoman Terri McCoy says the same-day registration delays are in all of Montana’s cities, with the exception of Butte-Silver Bow County.

That could delay the reporting of results in those counties Tuesday night.

Susan Swimley of the Gallatin County election office says the wait there was estimated at four hours in even after polls closed at 8 p.m.

Cascade County Clerk and Recorder Rina Fontana Moore says the late-registration lines in Great Falls were longer Tuesday than they were in 2008.

Yellowstone, Missoula and Lewis and Clark counties also processed a steady stream of late registrations.

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