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Missoula municipal election draws 32% of registered voters so far

By Kevin Maki, KECI Reporter, kmaki@keci.com
Published On: Nov 04 2013 06:13:04 PM MST
Updated On: Nov 04 2013 06:37:27 PM MST

Eighteen-year-old Anna Kalm voted in her first election.

MISSOULA, Mont. -

As of Monday afternoon, 32 percent of registered voters in the city of Missoula and its urban transportation district have cast ballots in the mail-in election.

Voters are deciding a mayoral race, a municipal judge, council seats and a mill levy for Mountain Line Bus system.

Anna Kalm has been looking forward to this election. The Hellgate High senior registered to vote the same day she cast her ballot.

"I turned 18 after the mail-in registration date," said Kalm, "So this was the only way I could register."

It's Anna's first time in the voting booth.

"I'm really proud of her," said her mother, Robin Abeshaus.

Anna's parents have set an example as to the importance of voting since she was a child. Her parents have never missed an election.

"I think the right to vote is really a cornerstone of a democracy," said Abeshaus.

Heidi Brugh thinks so too. Her ballot went to her old address. But she moved.

"They sent me a change of address form," said Brugh, "and I did not mail it in because I was still in transit."

Brugh voted Monday.

Elections workers spend one-on-one time with voters, making sure their ballots get in and get counted.

It's probably too late to mail in your ballot now.

But many voters prefer the old fashioned drop-off anyway.

"We filled these in over the weekend," said Nancy Zadra of her ballots. "I was afraid they might get held up in the mail."

"It's been busy," said Rebecca Connors, "we've been having steady traffic all of last week and today we're seeing that last push.