- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Police in Billings are investigating reports that absentee ballots have been removed from mailboxes in several neighborhoods.

Crime Prevention Officer Tom Keightley tells The Billings Gazette (https://bit.ly/2es1Ups ) that at least 10 people called to report someone had rifled through their mailbox and taken a ballot. Some reported other outgoing mail was not taken.

Keightley says the crimes might be motivated by politics, or it could just be vandalism.

Police are recommending that voters either drop off ballots at the county election office, the post office or secure post office boxes.

People who want to check the status of their ballot can visit the My Voter Page on the Montana Secretary of State’s website or call their local election office.

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Online: https://app.mt.gov/cgi-bin/voterinfo/voterinfo.cgi

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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