Lewis and Clark County election officials requested additional absentee ballots from the printer on Monday, with citizens requesting the ballots in record numbers.

“The reason behind this is the registration drives, the re-activation of inactive voters and late registration along with the huge run on absentee voters,” County Clerk and Recorder Paulette DeHart said in an email Monday.

As of about 4 p.m. Monday, the county had received more than 16,000 requests for absentee ballots, elections supervisor Marilyn Bracken said.

That exceeds the busiest previous run on absentee ballots in her 30-year career; in 2008 the county sent out 15,600 absentee ballots, she said.

As of Monday morning, 251,600 absentee ballots had been sent to voters statewide.

Voters can still request absentee ballots in person at the Elections Department in the City-County Building at 316 N. Park Ave., every day until noon Nov. 5, the day before Election Day.

Voters can also register at the elections office on Election Day.

As of Monday morning, 669,458 people had registered to vote in Montana, according to the office of the secretary of state.

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