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Republican National Committee apologizes for Montana absentee ballot mailer

Posted: 8:38 AM, Oct 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-25 10:38:45-04

HELENA – The Republican National Committee has apologized for  inaccuracies in a mailer sent recently to Montana voters  that could have resulted in votes coming in too late to count.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the RNC said steps are being taken to rectify the situation.

“We regret the unintentional error we made in a recent mailing. We are contacting all voters who received the mailing through live phone calls starting today and we are sending new mailers to each voter providing clarification,” said RNC spokesperson Miki Carver.

The mailer incorrectly stated that absentee ballots could be postmarked in Montana and still be counted if received after election day.

In Montana, all ballots must be received by 8 p.m. Mountain Time on Election Day, which is Nov. 6.

Election officials caution that any ballot received after that deadline will be considered late and not counted in the election.

The Office of the Montana Commissioner of Political Practices has spoken with the RNC about the mailer and appreciate the steps being taken to correct such errors.

The Lewis and Clark County Elections Office recommends people mail their absentee ballot at least a week before Election Day to ensure it arrives on time.

Elections Supervisor Audrey McCue also wants people to know that there are options if they are worried their ballot won’t make it in time.

“You could go to the elections office to get a replacement ballot if you were worried or you could go to a polling place to get a provisional ballot,” said McCue. “We have a lot of systems in place to make sure only one ballot would be counted for you, so you do have a lot of back up options.”

The Lewis and Clark County Elections Office have already processed about 9,000 absentee ballots of the 27,200 they sent out earlier this month.

McCue added her office has been getting calls about absentee ballot mailing costs and would like to let voters know one Forever stamp (50 cents) is enough to cover postage of the ballot.

 — story by John Riley – MTN News