By now, you should have received your Primary Election ballots in the U.S. Mail. All election offices in Montana mailed them out Friday, May 8. Ravalli County Clerk and Recorder Regina Plettenberg said that if you haven't received your ballot pack yet, you need to call the Election Office next week to figure out what the problem might be. It could be as simple as a change of address. Plettenberg said the ballots need to be returned by Tuesday, June 2nd. She suggested mailing before May 29 to make sure they arrive at the county offices by election day. No Montana polling places will be open for the Primary, due to the COVID-19 threat.

The ballot mailing contains three ballots - Republican, Democratic and Green Parties. You select only one ballot and vote. Throw the other two ballots away. Put the voted ballot in the secrecy envelope, and then put that envelope into the brown return envelope and SIGN IT. Without the signature, the vote will not count. You don't even need to put a stamp on the envelope - it's Pre-Paid. Just stick in the mail and you're done. If you need more information, call (406) 375-6555. You can also drop off your ballot at a secure box on the north end of the Ravalli County Administration Building on South 4th Street in Hamilton. Election officials there can also help with voter registration and such things as replacement ballots. Vote!