Helena voters have one day left to return school election ballots

Posted at 4:58 PM, May 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-06 20:52:51-04

(HELENA) Voters in the Helena School District have just one day left to return their ballots in Tuesday’s school elections.

Lewis and Clark County election officials say it is now too late to mail ballots in, so they must be dropped off in person in order to count. Ballots must be turned in at the elections office in the City-County Building by 8 p.m. Tuesday.

If you are dropping off someone else’s ballot, you will have to fill out a registry form, including their name, address and relationship to you. Last year, Montana voters approved a referendum that limited who can return another person’s ballot. The new law says only a family member, household member, caregiver or acquaintance can directly deliver another voter’s ballot, and that a person can only collect and deliver up to six per election.

Voters will choose three new Helena school board members from among ten candidates – including eight running as write-ins. They will also consider an additional property tax levy that would raise more than $100,000 each year for the Helena School District. You can find previous coverage about the issues and candidates here.

The county elections office has sent out more than 30,000 ballots in the Helena School District. More than 10,000 were already returned by Monday afternoon.