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Many changes in school elections around Park County

By 
Ryan Peerboom — Enterprise Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

365体育网址Park County School elections are right around the corner. With government restrictions in place due to COVID-19, changes have been made to ensure safe voting and equal opportunities for community members to vote. 

Registration for voting typically closes 30 days before the election on April 6. This year, registration will remain open until April 27, according to Park County Election Administrator Maritza Reddington. Late registration will be open until Election Day on May 5. However, proof of registration will have to be shown to receive a ballot, Reddington said. 

This year voting will be conducted with all-mail ballots. According to Reddington, ballots will only be mailed to active voters with dates that vary by school. Voter status can be viewed at parkcounty.org/Government-Departments/Elections/ in the “My Voter Page” section.

Following is the voter information and issues for each school district:

 

Livingston

365体育网址The Livingston school district has canceled elections for this year.

“The number of candidates filing a Declaration of Intent and Oath of Candidacy for the open trustee position on the Livingston School Board of Trustees, District No. 4 & 1, Park County, State of Montana is equal to or less than the number of positions to be elected, the trustee election is not necessary,” the school board said in a notice of cancellation.

The board also voted unanimously to cancel the previously voted on levy election.

 

Gardiner

365体育网址Gardiner School District’s all-mail ballots will be sent out to active voters on April 17. Ballots should be returned by mail before 8 p.m. on May 5. 

365体育网址There is no need to vote for positions on the Board of Trustees as the number of candidates is equal to the number of open positions, according to Gardiner Superintendent Mike Baer. There will be a vote on a High School General Fund Mill Levy proposition that will provide funding for general on operational costs for the high school, Baer said.

 

Shields Valley

Shields Valley’s all-mail ballots will be mailed on April 20. Ballots can be returned by mail or dropped off at the elementary school before 8 p.m. on May 5.

365体育网址Shields Valley has two open positions on the Board of Trustees and three candidates vying the fill the spots, according to Rhonda Lahay, the Shields Valley School District clerk. The candidates are Garrett Hamm, Cleve Swandal and Rex Ternan.

Shields Valley will also have a High School General Fund Mill Levy that will be used for the purpose of funding general and operation costs for the high school district only, Lahay said. 

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