The Montana Supreme Court put another twist Tuesday in the ongoing legal battle over new election administration laws, overturning a district court injunction and once again terminating Election Day voter registration.
Last week, the Missoula County Republican Party determined there was “no voter fraud” in Missoula’s 2020 election. Now Rep. Brad Tschida has responded with new claims of incompetence or deliberate wrongdoing on the part of the county election office.
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Republicans are eyeing supermajority control of the Capitol, and Democrats are vowing to put up a fight. Here’s who’s filed to campaign for a seat in the 2023 Montana Legislature.
A panel of federal judges has ordered Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen to use a court-drawn district map for this year’s Public Service Commission elections, shifting the district assignments for four Montana counties days before the March 14 candidate filing deadline for the two PSC seats up for election this year.
Last week, Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen announced that two people had been arrested and pleaded guilty to alleged election crimes in Phillips County during the 2021 municipal election. In fact, multiple sources confirm, neither was arrested, nor did they plead guilty.
On Tuesday, a group of Republican state lawmakers identifying themselves as an “ad hoc election integrity committee” convened at a hotel in downtown Helena to hear presentations and public comment questioning the security of Montana’s elections. One of those lawmakers, Sen. Theresa Manzella, R-Stevensville, told Montana Free Press that the meeting, which was not a…
For nearly a year, Republican Rep. Brad Tschida’s allegations of discrepancies in Missoula County’s 2020 election have gone unresolved. Now, citing voters’ professions of waning faith, the Missoula County Republican Party has hatched a plan to determine if there’s any truth to his claims.
In August, six Montana Republican lawmakers attended a South Dakota symposium on 2020 election fraud hosted by MyPillow founder Mike Lindell. Records obtained by Montana Free Press show that two of those lawmakers received taxpayer-funded reimbursements for the trip.
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MORE ELECTIONS COVERAGE
Speaking to Montana’s legislative leadership Monday, Sen. Theresa Manzella and Rep. Brad Tschida pressed their case for a special committee to investigate the state’s 2020 election. The appeals came after the pair failed to convince Attorney General Austin Knudsen to sign a proposed lawsuit crafted by MyPillow founder Mike Lindell challenging the results of last…
Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s office has confirmed a previously unreported meeting with MyPillow founder Mike Lindell and election skeptic state Sen. Theresa Manzella, R-Stevensville, on Nov. 10. At the time, Lindell was attempting to gain the support of state attorneys general in a lawsuit challenging the 2020 presidential election.
Earlier this year, a group of Missoula citizens led by Rep. Brad Tschida leveled allegations of voting irregularities in the county’s 2020 election. Missoula County Election Administrator Bradley Seaman is trying to combat those claims by opening the election process up to public scrutiny.