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Lewis and Clark County Commission approves non-partisan ballot vote

Posted at 12:18 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 14:18:36-04

HELENA – A question about whether county officials should be chosen through non-partisan elections will appear on the November ballot.

Lewis and Clark County Commissioners approved the measure Tuesday.

In a non-partisan election, all candidates file for a single primary election.

If enough candidates take part, a primary is held and the top-two finishers move on to the general election.

If fewer candidates file, the primary can be canceled, and all candidates appear on the general election ballot.

Montana lawmakers passed a bill during the 2019 session that made it easier for county commissioners to put the change before voters.

-Reported by Christine Sullivan/MTN News