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Ballots for school board elections are due May 3

A mail ballot from the 2020 Montana primary elections.
Nicky Ouellet
Yellowstone Public Radio
A mail ballot from the 2020 Montana primary elections.

Ballots for local school board and special purpose district elections must be returned by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3. It’s now close enough to Election Day that voters should drop off their ballots at an election office instead of mailing them if they haven’t done so already.

Voters also have until May 3 at 8 p.m. to request a replacement ballot if they lost or damaged theirs.

Voters will elect local trustees to guide school districts’ spending, ask for tax levies and hire personnel, like a superintendent. Special purpose district elections can include a variety of requests, like for a sewer and water district or rural fire district.

Up-to-date information on a resident’s registration status and where to vote is on the Montana Secretary of State’s website at

Shaylee began covering state government and politics for Montana Public Radio in August 2020. Originally from Belgrade, Montana, she graduated from the University of Montana’s journalism program and previously worked as a reporter for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and UM’s Legislative News Service. Please share tips, questions and concerns by emailing 
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