A reality based independent journal of observation & analysis, serving the Flathead Valley & Montana since 2006. © James Conner.

3 May 2017 — 0952 mdt

Even with a mail ballot, School District 5 turnout was shamefully low

Betty Albright, an incumbent trustee, and Diane Morton Stout, were elected to the board, defeating Rebecca Linden and Scott Plotkin. Just 21.7 percent of the 17,008 ballots were returned. The unofficial results are posted on the school district’s website, and will be ratified at a school board meeting later this month.

No one should be surprised by the shamefully low turnout. The election was non-partisan. There were no issues (such as more football vs. no football). It was simply a contest of competing credentials and promises to work hard and make good decisions.