Over 250,000 Ballots Have Been Cast in MTAL

As of last night, the state reported 250,221 of 356,657 mailed ballots have been returned. That tally is 111% of 2014’s total mailed absentees, and 74% 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, % increase over 2014

Cascade (voted for Trump by 22%, Bullock by 10%) 68.3% returned, 1% increase over 2014 total

Flathead (voted for Trump by 36%, Gianforte by 15%) 72.2% returned, 21.7% increase over 2014 total

Gallatin (voted for Clinton by 1%, Bullock by 15%) 65.4% returned, 20.9% increase over 2014 total

Lake (voted for Trump by 21%, Bullock by 1%) 76.3% returned, 12.4% increase over 2014 total

Lewis & Clark (voted for Trump by 7%, Bullock by 23%) 73.3% returned, 22.7% increase over 2014 total

Missoula (voted for Clinton by 16%, Bullock by 34%) 65.9% returned, 15.4% increase over 2014 total

Ravalli (voted for Trump by 38% Gianforte by 14%) 74.8% returned, 22.6% increase over 2014 total

Silver Bow (voted for Clinton by 14%, Bullock by 44%) 71.7% returned, 12.3% increase over 2014 total

Yellowstone (voted for Trump by 27%, Gianforte by 1%) 70.8% returned, 0.84% increase over 2014 total.

Overall, 70.2% of mailed absentees have been turned in. For comparison, in 2016, 94.8% of absentees sent were returned, in 2014, 88.7%, and in 2012, 92.2%. We expect a considerable bump in tomorrow’s figures and thousands more will likely be dropped off at election offices and precincts by the deadline.