Yellowstone County sends out ballots for November elections

2013-10-18T17:20:00Z 2013-10-21T17:26:20Z Yellowstone County sends out ballots for November electionsGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

The Yellowstone County Elections Office sent out ballots for the Nov. 5 general election on Friday. Voters in Billings, Lockwood, Broadview and Laurel should have started receiving them Saturday.

This is a mail-only election, meaning there will be no live voting on Election Day.

In Billings, registered voters will be casting ballots in the race for mayor and five City Council positions, plus the position of Municipal Court judge.

The city ballot will also feature a referendum asking voters if they want to amend the City Charter. The change to the charter would allow advisory boards, commissions and committees that now have only advisory roles to have administrative authority. Though the referendum is broadly worded, it is aimed at allowing the City Council to form an independent parking commission.

For residents who live in School District 2, the ballot will also contain a bond election.

If approved, it would authorize the School Board to sell up to $122,300,000 in general obligation bonds to build, rehabilitate and maintain schools.

In Lockwood, the ballot will contain just one item — a bond election. If approved, it would allow the board of the Lockwood Area/Yellowstone County Water and Sewer District to sell up to $9.7 million in bonds for the second phase of sewer construction in Lockwood.

In Broadview there is one race for town commissioner. In Laurel there are races for City Court judge, mayor and four City Council seats.

People not registered to vote can register to vote by going to the elections office in the Yellowstone County Courthouse during business hours up to and including Election Day, with the exception of noon to 5 p.m. on the Monday before the election.

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