Missoula ballots will be secured during election break


Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) – Missoula County Elections Administrator Bradley Seaman recently announced that in order to ensure an accurate count of ballots for the general election, workers will be taking a break at midnight on election night and will return to continue counting at 10:00 a.m. am Wednesday.

KGVO spoke with candidate Brad Tschida said he disagrees with this plan and has spoken with other state election offices about their own security systems.

“It’s fake from every possible angle”

“That’s the only job they have to do is run the election, and for them to not run the election as efficiently and effectively as possible by having enough people lined up against me is a travesty,” said Tschida. “I know because I’ve spoken to people in Great Falls who have said their election administrator there knows they’re going to have to have extra people and they’ve made the extra staff with the citizens s register and the people who go to count the ballots and do an efficient job of making sure we have an open, fair and honest election. “I am terribly appalled by this. It’s equally wrong from every possible angle.

Admin says it’s just “misinformation”

Election administrator Seaman told the KGVO on Monday that such comments are simply “disinformation” about the vote count.

“We want to help inform people that there’s a lot of confusion about how elections work, and there’s also very vocal misinformation floating around as well,” Seaman said. “So we reached out last week to let people know about our ballot counting process. In 2019, laws changed to allow polling stations to count ballots in a way that helps you get results closer to 8 p.m. and more accurate.

Seaman explained the scheduled break from midnight on election night until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

“We’re here from 7 a.m. until we’re done counting today and on election night until midnight,” he said. “We’re suspending this process because in elections accuracy is so important that you wouldn’t want people counting your vote who’s been doing it for 48 hours straight. So we have to take a break and go to bed so we can finish strong and precise.

Tschida expressed deep concern over the closure of the electoral office amid the vote count.

‘Let’s do what we can do to make sure there’s no shenanigans and it’s going to be totally above board, and let some of the law enforcement people be there to figure it out. ensure the facility is secure and no one is entering or leaving without permission or after closing it,” Tschida said. “No one goes in or out until the next morning.”

Admin says CCTV will ensure overnight security

Regarding the presence of law enforcement officers at the electoral center at night, Seaman said it was not necessary, due to the extensive security systems in place.

“Because we have an alarm system, we don’t need to employ people to do what machines can do,” he said. “Between our cameras and our alarm system, he will be monitoring this location closely with all law enforcement, so they are aware of our location systems that are in place as well as the addition of CCTV. The good thing is that everything we do is open to the public. We had people for our public tour today, and none of the people attending this process today had any issues with how we make sure our results are accurate, fast, and correct.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, and polling stations will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Same-day voter registration will also be allowed until 8:00 p.m.

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