Did our state legislators live in caves without any means of communication with the outside world the past few years, coming out only to seek election to the Montana Legislature so they could do as they pleased, ignoring the electorate? Did they suddenly lose their memories, common sense and ability to apply the clear mandate given to them by the very people who elected them to put into law the wishes of the people? And at least some of them lost all these abilities overnight! The Gazette opinion provided all the facts:
A majority voted by mail for these legislators — who then ignored the research conducted by their fellows. In June, 84 percent voted by mail; in November 74 percent. Enactment of House Bill 130 would have cost nothing, improved security and accuracy and made it far easier for all to vote ... for legislators who swear to use the power and voice they were given to do the right thing — act/vote on behalf of the voters.
We the people elect those who profess "Elect me and I'll speak and enact the laws you want." Perhaps on Friday they realized voting by mail brings more votes which may threaten their term in power. And in my case, it sure did.