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Elections A Big Deal In Small Towns

Downtown Libby, MT.
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Voters in Montana’s cities can sometimes face long voting lines. We checked in with election officials in a couple of small towns to see how things are going for them.

"The turnout is brisk," Leigh Riggleman, Lincoln County Assistant Elections Administrator in Libby says. "Our polling stations seem to be very busy. Our front counter for late registration has been steady. (We) always like to see good voter turnout."

Riggleman says Lincoln County has roughly 13,000 registered voters and seven polling stations, but she says voting by mail is getting more popular every year.

"Voters tend to realize the convenience of absentee balloting and being able to do it at their leisure at their kitchen table. I'm not sure it's quite as high a percentage as Missoula County, but we're looking at - give or take - about 30 percent."

Glacier County Clerk and Recorder Glenda Hall patiently helped two separate voters before accepting reporter Edward O'Brien's phone call earlier today.

Glacier County has 16 precincts, and Hall says her office is staffed to handle any problems they might encounter. She spoke with O’Brien during a brief lull in today’s action: 

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