Lewis & Clark County Commissioners unanimously passed several resolutions on Thursday regarding the upcoming special election for Montana’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The special election for the House seat vacated by now-Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will be held May 25.
The candidates include Greg Gianforte (R), Rob Quist (D), and Mark Wicks (L).
The first resolution approved by county commissioners requested a mail-in ballot contingent upon the adoption of Senate Bill 305 by the Montana Legislature; it would allow counties to run the election exclusively through mail ballots if they choose.
The second appointed a post-election audit committee.
The final resolution designated polling places for the special election.
Most polling places would stay the same, but those who normally poll at Jim Darcy Elementary School would be moved to the Lewis & Clark Fairgrounds due to the school not being available.
County elections supervisor Audrey McCue said that the county would prefer to do a mail-in ballot, citing lower cost and increased participation.
McCue said, "I understand if voters want to go to a polling place, I think it is nice to have polling places. We’d still have four physical locations on Election Day for voters to go to if they want that polling place feel. But overall I think it’s better to look at the cost you’re saving and the amount of people that would vote in the election.
McCue added that no matter what the Legislature decides, Lewis & Clark County will be ready for the election.