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Lewis and Clark County Commission approves non-partisan ballot vote

Posted: 8:28 PM, Jul 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-03 16:20:30-04

HELENA – Lewis and Clark County Commissioners approved November voting on whether county officials should be chosen through non-partisan elections on Tuesday.

The question will be on the ballot this November.

In a non-partisan election, all candidates for an office file for a single primary election.

If enough candidates take part, a primary is held and the top-two finishers move on to the general election; if fewer candidates file, the primary can be canceled, and all the candidates appear on the general election ballot.

Montana lawmakers passed a bill during the 2019 session that made it easier for county commissioners to put the change before voters.