By Jerome Tharaud/Havre Daily Newsfirstname.lastname@example.org
Rocky Boy Schools has postponed a new school board election scheduled for Tuesday to conform with state notification requirements, Rocky Boy Schools district clerk Greg Holmlund said this morning.
The new election date has not yet been set, but it will not take place for about seven weeks, Holmlund said.
Last Tuesday's school board election results were scrapped by the Rocky Boy school board on Friday after it was determined that as many as 20 school district voters who live in Chouteau County had been turned away from the polls.
The Rocky Boy school district includes part of both Hill and Chouteau counties.
A new election was scheduled for Tuesday. Holmlund said he was contacted this morning by the Secretary of State's Office informing him that state law requires a notification period of several weeks before holding a new election.
"We'll have to wait about seven weeks to provide the public adequate notice," Holmlund said. He said the date for the new election probably will be decided sometime this week.
In the meantime, Holmlund said, the two trustees whose three-year seats were up for election, Ted Whitford and Shawn Big Knife, have agreed to retain their seats until the new election.
Whitford ran for re-election on Tuesday and received the most votes of any candidate, 58, before the results were scrapped.
"Everyone's been very helpful getting this thing corrected," Holmlund said.