Daily Update on MTAL Absentees (May 19th)

With the state reporting its absentee ballots mailed and returned, we’ll keep an eye out for anything interesting as we count down the¬†final days of the Montana Special Congressional campaign. As of last night, the state reported 217,329 of 351,681 mailed ballots have been returned. That tally is 97% of 2014’s total mailed absentees, and 64% of 2016’s. Over 71% of the vote in Montana is concentrated in 9 counties.¬†Here’s how their returns stack up:

County (2016 Presidential vote, Gubernatorial vote) % returned

Cascade (voted for Trump by 22%, Bullock by 10%) 60.7% of mail-ins returned

Flathead (voted for Trump by 36%, Gianforte by 15%) 62.4% of mail-ins returned

Gallatin (voted for Clinton by 1%, Bullock by 15%) 56.8% of mail-ins returned

Lake (voted for Trump by 21%, Bullock by 1%) 67.3% of mail-ins returned

Lewis & Clark (voted for Trump by 7%, Bullock by 23%) 63.8% of mail-ins returned

Missoula (voted for Clinton by 16%, Bullock by 34%) 55.6% of mail-ins returned

Ravalli (voted for Trump by 38% Gianforte by 14%) 69% of mail-ins returned

Silver Bow (voted for Clinton by 14%, Bullock by 44%) 63% of mail-ins returned

Yellowstone (voted for Trump by 27%, Gianforte by 1%) 63.4% of mail-ins returned

By Monday, we’ll likely see the returns eclipse 2014’s, and we’ll probably see more ballots total on Thursday than in the last midterm election.