According to Missoula’s Elections Coordinator, only about 19,000 absentee ballots had been returned as of Saturday, out of over 48,000 that were mailed out.

Dayna Causby said she had been in meetings all day on Monday with her crew preparing for her first election, a primary that contains ballots for the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as local races.

Causby said two of the polling places have changed locations.

“The Hellgate precinct has been moved to the Missoula Technology and Development Center, due to the ongoing construction at Hellgate Elementary School,” she said. “The new location is just past the airport on West Broadway at the far side of the Fire Science Complex.”

Causby said the polling places will open as usual at 7:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. and the preliminary results will be released online at the My Voter page on the Missoula County Website.

“If people still have their absentee ballots, they need to bring them to one of the drop locations, either here at the Fairgrounds where we’ll have a drive through drop off all day tomorrow, or at the County Courthouse at the big blue box outside the courthouse building, or you can drop it off at the Clerk and Recorder’s Office inside the courthouse,” she said. “People can come to Election Central at the Fairgrounds to watch the counting process, but they have to stay until the first results are released.