The timing of elections in Montana has led to confusion among voters, according to county clerks and recorders.

In Ravalli County, Clerk and Recorder Regina Plettenberg said her office was fielding up to 20 calls a day when school and district mail-in ballots went out a couple of weeks ago.

Some thought that was the ballot for the May 25th Special Congressional Election. It was not.

In fact, with a final state legislative vote April 24, that Congressional election will NOT be a mail-in ballot. You can vote absentee, but otherwise you'll need to go to the polls on May 25th to vote for a US House of Representative replacement for Ryan Zinke.

The ballots that are mail-in elections are mainly local school district elections and different ballots are mailed to various districts in the county.

The elections:

  • Hamilton School District
  • Corvallis School District
  • Victor School District
  • Florence-Carlton School District and Florence Fire District
  • 3-Mile Fire District
  • Ward Irrigation District.

    Those ballots must be returned by the end of business on May 2.

    The Hamilton school district has another election - for levy and bond issues - that will appear on the Congressional ballot in the Hamilton School District only on May 25.

    So, open the envelopes, vote and send them back in. If you don't mail them by Friday, you should take them to the Ravalli County Administration Center to make sure they arrive in time to be counted.