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Election procedures explained

By Alastair Baker
Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Federal elections are coming fast and furious with June 5 marking the Federal Primary Election and Nov. 6 the General Election.

With so many candidates in this year’s races, clarification of election procedures is required.

All uncontested candidates, meaning candidates with no one running against them, will not appear on the Primary Election ballot but will appear on the General Election ballot. This will apply to the posts of the Clerk and Recorder, the Treasurer and the Sheriff and three City Council positions.

The Carbon County Commissioners race however has thrown a curve ball into the proceedings this year. Usually only one seat is up for election but this year all three seats will appear on both the Primary and the General election ballot. For the Joliet and Bridger Districts, commissioner candidates will be elected to fill only the remainder of the term, in Joliet this is four years and in Bridger only two years. Red Lodge District candidates are running for the full six-year term.

There 10 candidates running in the Bridger district, three for Joliet and three for Red Lodge. There is also a write in candidate whose name will not appear on the ballot.

Election information is available on the Carbon County Commissioners website at


Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, April 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 6:00pm
    The Carbon County Republican Lincoln Reagan Dinner is April 27 starting at 6 p.m. Social Hour, Beef Dinner at 7 p. m. at the Joliet Community Cente. Silent auction, pie auction, live auction of gun. Contact: Ed at 606-2159 and Cynthia at 425-1226.
  • Monday, April 29, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.

The Carbon County News

Street Address:

11 N. Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 970, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Phone: 406-446-2222

Fax: 406-446-2225

Toll-Free: 800-735-8843

Open: Monday-Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.