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Some Montana counties survey rejected ballots

Following the May special election, recently installed Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton had questions and concerns about rejected mail ballots.

Were ballots rejected because voters made legitimate mistakes, or was there something more nefarious at play with the original submission of the ballots?

In August Stapleton asked county elections officials to survey rejected ballots and try to determine, as best as they could, why voters did not properly submit their ballots in the first place and why some of those voters chose not to remedy the situation after they were contacted by their county elections office.

Many Montana counties — but not all — set out to answer Stapleton’s questions and concerns.

“Most of the survey confirmed what we already knew,” explained outgoing Missoula County Elections Administrator Rebecca Connors. Read more…