September 15, 2009
CONTACT INFORMATION: Terri McCoy, (406) 444-2807
Elections Chief Visits Billings for Municipal Election
|Secretary McCulloch gains first-hand experience with mail-ballot elections in Billings.|
BILLINGS – Secretary of State Linda McCulloch, who also serves as Montana’s Chief Elections Officer, is in Billings today with Yellowstone County Election Administrator Duane Winslow and his elections crew to observe the primary municipal election, which is being conducted entirely by mail-ballots.
McCulloch will gain additional, first-hand knowledge on procedures for receiving voted ballots, running the ballots through the vote counting machine, tabulation of results and results reporting.
“Duane has promised to keep me busy until the election results are in,” McCulloch said earlier today. “I look forward to seeing each stage of the mail-ballot election completed, from beginning to end.”
“Elections are exciting, and it’s great having the state’s Chief Elections Officer in Billings on Election Day. I hope to discuss with the Secretary ways to improve elections in Montana, and strengthen our partnership with her office,” said Winslow.
In addition to spending time at the elections office, McCulloch will accompany Winslow to various drop-off sites to retrieve the mail-ballots. She says the day has been both educational and enlightening.
“We’re all working exceptionally hard at the state and local level to ensure Montana elections run smoothly and accurately,” said McCulloch.