Montana’s paper ballots may be counted in two ways: hand count or with paper ballot optical or digital scan tabulators. Either way ALL Montanans vote on a paper ballot. Following is a list of the voting systems being used, by county.
Paper ballot tabulators
Model 650 (optical scan) and Model 850 (digital scan) are central count tabulators; Model 100 (opital scan) and Model 200 (digital scan) are precinct-level tabulators. Tabulators are not connected to the Internet.
Counties conduct a public test of tabulators before each primary and general election. Additionally a random test is conducted on election day. A Post-Election Audit is conducted by each county that uses tabulators after federal primary and general elections. The post-election audit consists of a hand-count of randomly selected contests and precincts.
Select a county from the dropdown below to view which method of paper ballot tabulation is used.