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Billings City Council seeks attorney general's opinion on NDO

Billings City Council seeks attorney general's opinion on NDO

Even as city staff continues using City Council input to revise language in Billings’ proposed nondiscrimination ordinance, the council voted 6-5 Monday to seek an opinion from Attorney General Tim Fox’s office on whether it’s legal for Billings to enact such an ordinance.

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Gazette opinion: Let’s get positive on General Election campaign

The five-candidate race to be the GOP nominee for U.S. House turned out to be the closest congressional contest in Montana’s Primary Election.

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Majority of Yellowstone County's votes are already in

Majority of Yellowstone County's votes are already in

Election Day isn't until June 3, but Yellowstone County primary races could already be decided by early absentee voters who have submitted nearly three-quarters of the expected turnout.

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Some races crowded on Yellowstone County ballot

Some races crowded on Yellowstone County ballot

Voters in Yellowstone County will have a number of contested races to vote on when they receive their mail ballots this week.

May 05, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…

Voter registration deadline for June 3 election approaching

The close of regular registration for the upcoming June 3 Primary Election is on May 5 at 5 p.m. If you wish to register through the mail, you will need to have your registration card postmarked no later than May 5.

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'Parks seem to get the ax first': Laurel voters to decide on funding for town's 16 parks

'Parks seem to get the ax first': Laurel voters to decide on funding for town's 16 parks

LAUREL — Laurel voters will mark their ballots June 3 to decide whether residents want the certainty of funding — and the property tax hike — that comes through a park maintenance district.

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Bret Rutherford

Bret Rutherford

Yellowstone County Elections Administrator Bret Rutherford talks about the filing deadline for District 2 school board in Billings Thursday March 27, 2014.

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Lockwood voters approve safety district

Lockwood voters approve safety district

LOCKWOOD — Lockwood voters approved a special district Tuesday to build and maintain pedestrian safety improvements in the Lockwood area.

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Lockwood election deadline is Tuesday

Lockwood voters have until Tuesday to return mail ballots on a measure to establish a pedestrian safety district in their community.

February 21, 2014 2:30 pmLoading…

Ballots being mailed for Lockwood special district

Ballots go into the mail Thursday for an election in which Lockwood voters will decide whether to tax themselves for a pedestrian safety district in their community.

February 05, 2014 4:54 pmLoading…

Absentee voter address confirmations underway

Yellowstone County voters wanting to cast absentee ballots need to return a form confirming their address.

February 03, 2014 4:41 pmLoading…

Time to apply for 2014, 2015 mail ballots

Montana law requires that each voter on the biennial absentee list reapply for a mail ballot at the beginning of every even-numbered year.

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Yellowstone County tries out new ballot machines

Yellowstone County tries out new ballot machines

Yellowstone County used new machines to count ballots in Tuesday’s election, having replaced old machines that kept jamming on folds in absentee ballots in last year’s general election.

November 05, 2013 9:25 pm Photos


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Eligible voters who moved can still get ballots

Make sure that your voice will be heard on Nov. 5 by updating your voter registration if you have recently moved. On Oct. 18, every registered active voter was mailed a ballot for the upcoming Nov. 5 municipal election. The districts for this election include the cities of Billings and Laure…

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Several groups grill, endorse Billings City Council candidates

In addition to introducing themselves to voters on the campaign trail, Billings City Council candidates have been offered other venues to make their views known this year.

September 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

SD2 bond remains intact, will stay on November's ballot

For more than an hour on Monday night, School District 2 board trustees discussed the merits of building reserve levies versus construction bonds.

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School election ballot return hits record

Ballots returned in the all-mail school board and mill levy elections topped 40,000 Tuesday afternoon, a new record, said Bret Rutherford, Yellowstone County elections chief. 

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SD2 committee moves forward on adjusting trustee zones

SD2 committee moves forward on adjusting trustee zones

The zones represented by Billings School District 2 trustees will be adjusted next month to reflect updated U.S. Census data.

April 29, 2013 10:30 pm Related Loading…

School election ballots go in mail

Yellowstone County election officials on Friday mailed approximately 70,000 ballots for school elections being held in School District 2 in Billings and seven other school districts.

April 19, 2013 2:09 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: April mail will bring May school ballots

April is the busiest month for off-year elections. Montana law requires that public school districts elect school board members on the first Tuesday in May. Generally, school boards also put levy questions to voters at the same May election.

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