Voting Underway for 2014 Primary Elections

By Beacon Staff

It’s Primary Election Day, and voters who haven’t cast their ballot can still do so in Flathead County and most western Montana precincts.

In Flathead County, polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 3.

For information on where to vote, visit the Montana Secretary of State’s website and click on the Elections and Government services box in red at the top left corner. This website will also show whether you are registered to vote, allow you to view a sample ballot and see if your absentee ballot has been received.

“This should be the first stop for voters who aren’t sure where to vote. It is an excellent resource for any voting-related questions,” said Monica Eisenzimer, recording manager at the Flathead County Election Department.

At the poll, voters will receive two ballots – one for the Democratic Party and one for the Republican Party. Each voter can only mark one political party’s ballot.

At the general election in November, voters can vote for both major parties.

People who are not registered to vote must appear in person at the Flathead County Election Department, which has been temporarily relocated to the Country Fair Kitchen Building at the Flathhead County Fairgrounds, and fill out a voter registration card.

Voters who need to register should bring a Social Security card or a driver’s license.

Voters in Montana can register to vote up until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Voters who have received an absentee ballot and haven’t voted yet can fill out the ballot and return both – the Democratic and Republican ballots – to their polling place or at the county elections office.

On the Secretary of State website, registered voters can find their local poll location by clicking on the “My Voter Page” button and entering their names and date of birth. The “Register to Vote” button also instructs people how to register to vote.

In order to vote, you must be 18 years old on or before Election Day, a U.S. citizen, and a Montana resident.

Voters should bring a picture ID, or a document that includes the voter’s name and address – a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, voter confirmation notice, government check, or another government item that shows the voter’s name and address will suffice.

The Flathead County Election Department issued 13,477 absentee ballots and has received back 8,511. There are approximately 60,000 registered voters in Flathead County.

For more information, voters can call their local county election offices.

The Flathead County Elections office can be reached at (406) 758-5535. The Lake County Elections Office can be reached at (406) 883-7268. Lincoln County’s Elections Office is at (406) 283-2302.

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