Posted: Oct 29, 2012 4:20 PM by MTN News
Updated: Oct 29, 2012 4:42 PM
BOZEMAN - Absentee ballots are setting new records this year statewide.
In Gallatin County, over 32,000 ballots have been sent out and 50% of those have come back, ready to be counted.
Volunteers are putting in 12-hour days, including weekends, to keep pace.
Clerk and Recorder Charlotte Mills says her office has sent out more absentee ballots than ever before. Mills anticipates voting absentee, will be a rising trend for elections to come.
"I would think 48,000 to 50,000 people that will actually vote total. If everybody votes absentee that is supposed to, I'm expecting that there will be only about 18,000 people that actually go to the polling places," said Mills.
Monday afternoon, the elections office in Gallatin County was packed with people. If you plan to pick -up or drop off a ballot, plan accordingly.