BILLINGS — Absentee ballots for the upcoming general election will arrive in Yellowstone County mailboxes over the next few days.
Bret Rutherford, the county’s elections administrator, is preparing to mail about 58,000 absentee ballots on Friday, Oct. 14. He said they are likely to be delivered within a few days and asked voters to wait until Wednesday before they call to report their ballot missing, since it could take the postal service time to process that much mail.
Rutherford said about 7,000 more people requested absentee ballots for the Nov. 8 general election than received them for the June primary.
“There’s been an uptick,” he said. “It’s a presidential election. That’s normal.”
Voters who applied to be on the list for absentee ballots before the primary will receive one for the general election, he said. Voters who applied for only a primary election ballot will not, unless they