We found something that Democrats and Republicans in Montana agree on

There's less than a week until primary day in Montana, and I think we've finally found something that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on. If you haven't mailed in your mail-in ballot yet, just bring it to your local election office.

If you send your absentee ballot by mail, it may not arrive at the polling station in time on election night.

I noticed several friends from both parties have shared this message on X in recent days. Former Capital City reporter Mike Dennison added this: “In MT, mail-in ballots postmarked before Election Day do NOT count if they arrive after Election Day. Take your ballot to a drop box!”

Speaking of mail-in voting, according to information on the Montana Secretary of State's website, there are still a LOT of people waiting to cast their ballots. (Checked Wednesday just before noon)

In Yellowstone County, just over 70,000 ballots were mailed, but only 22,508 of them were received, representing about 32% of the ballots returned.

Some other large counties such as Gallatin, Missoula and Flathead appear to have similar return rates between 23% and 28% of ballots cast. Silver Bow's return rate is already close to 40%. Sheridan County appears to have the best return rate so far with 42.71% of ballots cast.

Some of the more notable elections this year include the presidential election, the Senate election, two U.S. House races, and two seats on the Montana Supreme Court. There are also hotly contested primaries for the state's secretary of education, state auditor, seats on the state legislature, the Civil Service Commission, and more.

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