Ravalli County Election Administrator Regina Plettenberg said that over a thousand absentee ballots already have been filled out and returned to her office in advance of the June 5th Primary election. Plettenberg said that when the dust settles in June, probably 50 percent of the voting in the county will have been done by absentee ballots. The rest of us will be heading to the polling places throughout the valley from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 5th.

Plettenberg reminded voters that the absentee package includes three ballots this year - Republican, Democratic, and Green Parties are included. Vote on ONLY ONE ballot, put it in the green privacy envelope, put that envelope in the TAN envelope, stick a stamp on it and SIGN the TAN envelope. Mail it before the end of May to make sure it gets to the election office by June 5th. There is also an envelope for returning the Unvoted Ballots. If you want to save money on stamps, you can bring the absentee envelopes to the Ravalli County Administration Building on the 200 block of South 4th Street and drop it in the secure ballot box on the north end of the building.

You can still sign up for absentee ballots or vote absentee at the Administration Center's Election Room during regular business hours. If you haven't registered to vote, you can do that at the same place. Of course, if you have questions, call the Clerk and Recorders Office at 375-6550 or check their website.