Voter fraud: Fact, or faction?

Republicans are amplifying claims of election fraud in Montana, with lawmakers requesting an official review of election integrity. The causes and consequences of belief in the fraud narrative run deeper than 2020.

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Credit: Montana final 2020 vote counts by Eric Dietrich

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Election News

Is Montana changing election protocols ‘to prevent fraud’?

Claims surfaced online this month that Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen would advise counties to halt software updates to voting machines ‘to prevent fraud.’ MTFP contacted Jacobsen’s office and two state lawmakers involved with the issue and discovered that’s not true.

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Commission seeks suggestions for new U.S. House district maps

The commission tasked with dividing Montana into two U.S. House districts for the first time since the 1980s has a Nov. 14 deadline to submit a final district map to Montana’s secretary of state. To help it do that, the commission is seeking public input in the form of written comments and specific mapping proposals. 

Political district-drawing commission finalizes its sideboards

Montana’s districting commission adds legislative district criteria to previously adopted guidelines for dividing the state into U.S. House Districts. On their list: Equal population, compact, contiguous, in compliance with the Voting Rights Act — and maybe even competitive.

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Democratic field for Congress grows

Two more candidates — Cora Neumann and Monica Tranel — have jumped into the race for Montana’s new second seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the last week, bringing the total number of declared Republican and Democratic hopefuls to five.

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Montana Free Press, Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio are now soliciting stories for the second season of our ‘Shared State’ podcast collaboration. Here’s how you can help.

Montana Free Press, Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio are now soliciting stories for the second season of our ‘Shared State’ podcast collaboration.

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Gianforte approves changes to Montana election laws

Gov. Greg Gianforte has officially ended the state’s long-standing practice of allowing citizens to register to vote on Election Day, a change he said will help preserve the integrity of Montana’s elections, but that critics have decried as a blatant attack on voter rights.

Religious exemption revived in committee

Senate Bill 162 would have exempted religious organizations from the state’s campaign reporting requirements. It was tabled in mid-March. Now it’s back, piggybacked onto a new bill just days before a key legislative deadline.

Citizens allege election discrepancy

A records request for ballot envelopes in Missoula County has generated allegations about the 2020 election results, and given legislators fodder for debates about changing statewide election laws.

House forwards contentious voter ID bill

House Bill 169 would add additional identification requirements that critics say would disenfranchise students, the elderly and indigenous Montanans.

Montana Supreme Court

A court divided?

House Bill 325 would ask voters to approve election of state Supreme Court justices by districts, rather than statewide. Supporters say the change would encourage better representation on the state’s most powerful bench. Critics call it ‘judicial gerrymandering.’

Raising the ballot initiative bar

Two bills that would double the signature requirements to qualify initiatives for the ballot pass committee on party-line vote.


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