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Missoulians Misled on Voting Procedures

Missoula County Clerk and Recorder Vickie Zeier says her office has received “several complaints” that at least one absentee voter registration group has spread misinformation about the voting process. So far, no one has come forward to name which group or which individual is responsible.

It appears some Missoulian’s were misled on how the absentee ballot process works and were told that even if they signed up to receive an absentee ballot that they could still go to the booth on voting day and vote at the polls.

Interview with Vickie Zeier:

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Before noon on October 24 alone, Zeier said she received at least three emails asking if voters could “just throw away”  their absentee ballots and “go to the polls.” The fear for election administrators is that if too many people do toss their absentee ballots and show up at the ballot box there won’t be enough provisional ballots to go around.

Zaier reminds voters that “when you go to the polls and ask to vote on a provisional ballot, you’re making a sworn statement that you have lost, spoiled, or never received your absentee ballot.”

Although provisional ballots are available, voters should know that they will not be counted until 10 days after the election to make sure that there are no fraudulent attempts to vote twice.

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