The countdown is on. The 2011 fall election has started with mail-in ballots throughout the county.
Ravalli County Election officials sent out the ballots last week, and most area residents have received them. Some have already sent them back into the office.
You have until 8pm Nov 8th to get your ballot back. The easiest way is to fill out the sheet for your town - Darby, Hamilton, Stevensville or Pinesdale - put it in the secrecy envelope, then put that in the official envelope, sign in and send it. Or, you can "walk" it over to the election office at the Ravalli County Administration Building on South 4th Street.
In Stevensville, Pat Groninger and Ron Klaphake are running for councilperson in Ward 1 and Bill Perrin is unopposed in Ward 2.
Hamilton's races are all unopposed - Joe Petrusaitis in Ward 1, Al Mitchell in Ward 2, Jenny West in Ward 3, Michael Reardon as City Judge, and for City Treasurer, no one is running, so the most write-in votes will win
Darby voters will choose between Matt Anderson and James Michael Corbett for Ward 1 and between David Huguenin and Evelyn K. Savochka for At Large councilperson, Bret Rider is unopposed for Ward 2 and Rick Scheele is unopposed for Mayor.
In Pinesdale, Hyrum Jessop is running against Stacy Jessop for Selectman.
And in voting on election day, the Florence Rural Fire District will be asking for a 14-mill increase of the fire district levy to add a water fill system, purchase new fire trucks and build a satellite station on the east side of the district.
KLYQ will provide results on the air and right here on the website when the results come in on Election Day.