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Missoula elections office finishes reprinting ballots

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Many elections offices around the state are finishing reprinting their ballots after the tragic passing of libertarian candidate Mike Fellows shook the state and sent elections offices panicking.

Most elections offices would have been done printing ballots, already well into the process of stuffing them and putting on labels so they can be shipped on October 14th. The death of Fellows and a nearly week long standstill as the libertarian party decided a new candidate, delayed this process.

Administrators with the Missoula elections office say they had to reprint all 130,000 of their ballots, but they should be able to get most ballots out on time. 

It's not only costing election offices time, but also more money than usual.  It's not going to cost taxpayers any more money out of their wallets, but the money does comes out of their elections budget which county taxpayers help pay for.

"With the unforeseeable passing of a candidate, we always want to make sure we do everything we can to get accurate ballots and things like this may come up and we kinda have to count for them and plan on them coming through so they do come out of our general operating budget for reprint" says Bradley Seaman, Missoula elections supervisor.

Voter registration for the November 8th general election closes on October 11th and late, in-person registration begins on October 12th. Absentee ballots are to be mailed on October 14th.

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