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Over 40% of absentee ballots have been returned for Tuesday's primary

A Montana primary election ballot in its return envelope
Nicky Ouellet
Yellowstone Public Radio/File photo

Nearly 200,000 absentee ballots have already been cast in Montana’s June 7 primary. According to data from the Secretary of State’s office from Sunday night, 44% of absentee ballots sent to voters ahead of election day have been returned.

That means total voter turnout heading into the primary is at least 28%.

It is now too late to register to vote. The deadline was noon Monday.

The law ending Election Day voter registration is being challenged in district court; however, the Montana Supreme Court ruled it will remain in effect for the June 7 primary. Another new law requires voters to show photo identification when they cast a ballot.

Polls on Tuesday, June 7, open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Primary elections in Montana and six other states on Tuesday — in California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota — will set the stage for U.S. House and Senate battles this fall that will play into the control of Congress.

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Corin Cates-Carney is the Flathead Valley reporter for MTPR.