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Many Montanans have reported being tricked or coerced into signing ballot initiative petitions they didn't intend to sign. Montana's commissioner of political practices has received numerous such complaints in recent weeks.

People who signed report being asked by those gathering the signatures to sign three times for one petition.

Later, these folks learned they had actually signed three separate petitions: one for eminent domain, one for judicial recall and one for CI-97, the so-called SOS initiative.

CI-97 is a gimmick that causes severe reductions in vital services, including health care, emergency response, education, and transportation. That's what happened in Colorado, the only state to pass such a measure (called "Tabor" in that state).

If you feel you signed a petition unknowingly or if you signed a petition and wish you hadn't, you can have your name removed. Go to your county election office to fill out the necessary form. You must do this before Friday, June 23.

Also, call the commissioner of political practices at (406) 444-2942 if you feel you were a victim of fraud.

Jackie Boyle, coordinator

Not in Montana, Citizens Against CI-97

Helena

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