This winter, with support from GOP lawmakers, the Legislature passed House Bill 176, which ended same-day voter registration
A trio of groups advocating for young Montanans on Thursday filed a challenged to several changes to Montana’s election laws enacted by the Legislature last session, calling the new laws “a cocktail of voter suppression measures that land heavily on the young.”
A law that passed with bipartisan support in 2005 allows the vote of an elector who returns their completed absentee ballot and then dies before Election Day to be counted.
In court filings defending new laws to end Election Day registration and tighten voter ID requirements, the Republican Secretary of State’s office derided the Montana Democratic Party's lawsuit.
Sen. Mike Cuffe, a Eureka Republican who carried two of the most substantial voting bills to pass, said the session was the most consequential for Montana’s elections since his first legislative session in 2011.
In their lawsuit the groups argue that the two laws are “part of a broader scheme by the Montana Legislature to disenfranchise Native American voters.”
The bill was brought by a Republican to change the law after the state GOP paid to qualify the Green Party for the 2020 ballot but saw the effort knocked down in court.
Both measures were identified as top priorities by Republican Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen.
"We do not have widespread problems, let alone fraud," Rep. Wendy McKamey, R-Ulm, said,
Accusations by a local GOP group questioning the accuracy of Missoula County's 2020 election resulted in a flurry of charges and counter-charges last week.
Republican Christi Jacobson, elected to the Montana Secretary of State's Office in November, said Friday she considered HB 176 to be "very important legislation."
Ravalli County voters said yes to Republican candidates and no to a recall of the Stevensville mayor in a record-setting election Tuesday.
For at least a month earlier this year, a website issue caused 1,200 duplicate transactions for businesses trying to make their annual filings with the Secretary of State's Office.
The two candidates in Montana's secretary of state race are committed to protecting the integrity of the office, but expressed starkly differe…
The candidates for Montana Secretary of State traded barbs of corruption and anti-Americanism on Sunday in a debate over who will fill the office overseeing elections and business registrations.
Democrats have out-raised their Republican opponents in three of the four so-called Tier B statewide races and have eclipsed the GOP candidates in all those races if self-financing isn't factored in.
As of 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, 20 of 663 state precincts had fully reported their votes, while another 322 had partially reported. It was too early to call several contested primary races for statewide positions.
John Driscoll, a longtime former Democratic state Public Service Commissioner, filed Monday as a Republican in the U.S. Senate primary.
A top aide to Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton has filed to run for her boss's job next year.