Montana polls close with anticipated record voter turnout

As polls close at 8 PM in Montana, elections officials are reporting record turnouts for a midterm election.

Anyone who gets in line by 8 PM is eligible to vote.

Missoula County records 73 percent return for absentee ballots as of 2:30 PM. That increased later:

"Voting numbers in #Missoula County as of 4:15 p.m.: • 61,207 absentee ballots issued • 45,752 absentee ballots returned — nearly 75 percent • Registered, or updated registration for, 839 people at the Elections Center • Updated polling place numbers TBA"

The typical midterm voter turnout in Montana is around 50-60 percent.

Initial reports from counties around the state indicate record turnout and long lines at the polls.

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