Cascade County tightens rules at election polls

2014-05-14T15:10:00Z 2014-05-15T11:09:09Z Cascade County tightens rules at election pollsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 14, 2014 3:10 pm  • 

GREAT FALLS — Cascade County has passed a measure banning food, drinks and guns from polling places on Election Day.

The new policy also forbids candidates or elected officials from being poll watchers or observers, and poll watchers must check in with the elections administrator.

Plus, petition signature gathers will not be allowed inside polling locations.

County commissioners passed the measure Tuesday after a complaint by a Republican lawmaker after the 2012 elections.

Former state Rep. Cleve Loney said Democratic state Sen. Anders Blewett passed out water and snacks to voters waiting in line at Montana ExpoPark.

Loney also complained Democratic state Rep. Carlie Boland temporarily filled in for an election judge who had to leave.

The commissioner of political practices dismissed Loney's complaint for insufficient evidence.

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