Election Results Certified
June 18, 2020
The Powder River County primary election results were certified on Monday.
Powder River County saw a 70% voter turnout in the June 2nd, 2020 primary election. This was the highest turnout in a primary since 1992, which is as far back as we could find records. The turnout low was 35%, in 2002.
Turnout throughout the state was high this spring, with the mail-in only ballots cited as a primary reason for the high turnout.
In local elections, Incumbent County Commissioner Rod Schaffer beat Challenger Ted Amsden in the Republican County Commissioner Primary, 395 votes to 347. Schaffer will go on to face Independent John Olson in the general election.
In the Republican Clerk of District Court race, Vanna Byrd beat Tricia Robinson, 675 votes to 99.
Full results from the primary were printed in the June 4th Examiner, and the canvassed official results are available at the Clerk & Recorder’s Office.
The only changes were in the Precinct 4 (Stacey) Supreme Court Justice #5 race, Mike Black received 13 instead of 12 votes, as previously printed. This brings his total to 203 in the county. Laurie McKinnon received 319 and Mars Scott 93.
The other change was in the Republican Montana Governor race results. Al Olszewski received 73 votes instead of 53, in District 12 (Broadus West). This put him at 185 votes in the county. Greg Gianforte received 365 votes, and Tim Fox 230.
The errors were in the abstract from the counting boards.
The general election will be held on November 3rd.