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By Nathan Bourne
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Registering for Sewer District election

 

March 26, 2020



SEELEY LAKE – According to the Missoula County Elections Office, there are a handful of changes to the voter registration process for property owners in the Seeley Lake Sewer District for the upcoming board election. The May 5 election will be conducted by mail with ballots being mailed out April 15.

While any active registered voter residing within the Sewer District is eligible, there are also several ways in which landowners may be eligible to vote. How they register depends on how they own their property.

Residents, either renters or landowners, who are active registered voters, will receive a ballot providing their physical address on their registration is in the District.

People can check their voter registration to make sure it is active and verify their physical address at: myvoterpagemt.com To register or make changes to your address or other information, forms can be downloaded from the county’s elections site missoulavotes.com

Voter registrations must be postmarked no later than April 6 and must be received by the Elections Office no later than April 9. Late registration is also available but must be done in person during regular office hours at the Elections Office before noon on May 4. Same-day registration is available in person on May 5 from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

In addition to registered voters in the District, landowners who are the sole owner of property will also be sent a ballot automatically. These landowners do not have to be a registered voter anywhere to receive a ballot. The ballot will be sent to the address that appears on their property taxes. Sole landowners who are also a registered voter within the District will not receive an extra ballot, as they are only eligible for one.

There are currently 264 active registered voters and 81 sole owners of property that will receive a ballot automatically. There are 62 inactive voters who will not receive a ballot automatically.

Landowners who jointly own property with two or more people on the title may request a voting agent for the property to receive one ballot. If the owners are already registered voters in the District they may not designate themselves as a voting agent however they may designate someone else as a voting agent.

Properties owned by a business or other entity such as a corporation, LLC or family trust can also designate a voting agent. Unlike agents of jointly owned properties, this voting agent may already be registered in the District and can receive an extra ballot to represent the entity owning the property. An entity can only designate one voting agent even if the entity owns multiple properties.

Joint landowners and entities must register their agent for this election. No voting agents from the last District election in 2018 are carried over to this year’s election.

The deadline for registering an agent for either a jointly owned or entity owned property is April 10. Contact the Elections Office for the necessary form.

The Elections Office can be found online at http://www.missoulavotes.com, reached by phone at 406-258-4751 or email electioninfo@missoulacounty.us

 

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