Voters elected new mayors this week in Missoula, Bozeman and Great Falls. MTFP reporters asked them about their plans for issues including housing, homelessness and public safety.
The Montana secretary of state’s office has reported to lawmakers that implementation of a new statewide election system has been “going well.” After its use in a string of local elections this year, ElectMT’s next challenge will be a busy presidential cycle in 2024.
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MontPIRG and the Montana public employees’ union filed a lawsuit earlier this month challenging House Bill 892, which they claim will “chill political expression” by making voter registration “riskier” for people.
Ranked Choice Voting Montana hopes to raise awareness and support for a major shift in state election procedures they say would create a more balanced, representative and responsive government.
Public safety is among a handful of issues clearly taking center stage in the race to elect new city leaders this fall. The mayor’s office is up for grabs come November, as are two spots on the four-person commission. A major public safety mill levy — the first in decades — will also be on…
The U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion in Moore v. Harper Tuesday, rejecting a legal theory about the constitutional authority of legislatures over election law that’s been raised in a case just heating up before the Montana Supreme Court.
The Ravalli County Commission held a special meeting Monday to hear from the Montana Election Integrity Project about alleged corruption in Montana elections. But officials appeared reluctant to meet the biggest demand from skeptics: no more voting machines.
Shared State Podcast
In 2009, Montana was caught up in a heated national debate over whether terminally ill patients could expedite their deaths by taking lethal, physician-prescribed medication. More than a decade later, the state is still mired in disagreement about medical aid in dying, in part because courts and elected lawmakers have sidestepped the political hot-potato. Meanwhile,…
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MORE ELECTIONS COVERAGE
After getting three deadline extensions over the past four months, Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen finally filed her opening argument in an appeal to the Montana Supreme Court to reinstate election laws passed by the 2021 Legislature.
Leaked documents obtained by the Guardian suggest Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen attended a February conference hosted by national groups critical of America’s election integrity. Her office declined to confirm or deny her attendance.
The past three months have featured one legislative debate after another over proposed changes to how counties conduct elections and verify their results. But last week the conversation took an inevitable turn into the realm of enforcement — in other words, how Montana will police the integrity of its elections moving forward.