Local residents brave fall snowstorm to vote
Johnathan Hettinger —
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Enterprise photos by Nate Howard

Rick and Marlene Anderson leave the Park County Fairgrounds after voting on Tuesday morning.

John Fox rode his four-wheeler to vote this morning at the Park County Fairgrounds.

Before casting his ballot, Tristan Schwarz registers with election judges, from left, Sonia Borneman, Sylvia Wagner and Michelle Franzen, Tuesday at the Park County Fairgrounds.


Don’t worry if you got a little snow on your ballot when voting Tuesday morning. Hours of sitting in a box until the polls close at 8 p.m. should give it plenty of time to dry.

“It should dry by then,” joked Maritza Reddington, Park County Clerk and Recorder.

Despite more than 5,000 people casting absentee ballots, the snow wasn’t going to stop voters at the Park County Fairgrounds Tuesday morning.

“Absolutely not,” said Marleen Anderson, who was walking out of the polling place around 9 a.m.

“This is too important,” said Rick Anderson, another voter.

Fairgrounds and Parks Director Nicole Divine said that with county offices being closed for the election, she thought she would have a nice, relaxing day off. Instead, she was at the fairgrounds scooping snow off the sidewalks.

“It just keeps coming,” Divine said.

An informal measurement showed that as of noon, about 7 inches had fallen in Livingston. The snow had mostly stopped falling by midday.

“By God, this is a Montana election, isn’t it?” said one man, trudging through the snow on his way into the polls.

John Fox, of Livingston, wasn’t going to let a broken down truck stop him. He rode his ATV to the polling place, snow goggles and all.

Fox said he doesn’t like the snow.

“But we live in Montana, so what can you expect?” he said.

Write-in candidate John Adams motivated him to get out today, with many of the mainstream candidates not being trustworthy, Fox said.

“Gianforte, Tester, none of these guys can tell the truth,” he said. “They won’t tell you what they’re going to do.”

About 50 people per precinct were voting around 9 a.m., an election watcher said.

Reddington said she was seeing a fair number of same-day registrants at her office at the City-County Complex.

“They’re mostly people who moved from county to county,” she said.

Sonia Borneman, a senior at Park High School, was a first-time voter on Tuesday. She was also working as an election judge, handing voters their ballots right before going to the voting booth.

Though Borneman gets to skip school, for her it’s a much longer day, starting at 6 a.m. and ending after the polls close at 8 p.m.

“It’s a lot of fun,” she said.