Fourth lawsuit filed over Election Day registration rollback

A fourth lawsuit challenging House Bill 176 was filed today by Montana unions, disability rights advocates and individual voters. The plaintiffs allege that the Legislature’s elimination of Election Day registration is unconstitutional and disenfranchises disabled Montanans and workers.

Montana Secretary of State SOS

Youth voting groups file Montana’s fourth election lawsuit

A trio of organizations focused on youth voting advocacy filed a lawsuit against Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen Thursday, seeking to overturn three new election laws passed by legislators this year. It’s the fourth election-centric legal challenge to arise since the Legislature gaveled out in April.

Statewide Race Results

Credit: Montana final 2020 vote counts by Eric Dietrich

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Cora Neumann

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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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.

Eliminating the enforcer

House Bill 535 to the House State Administration Committee Thursday. The bill seeks to replace the governor-appointed Commissioner of Political Practices with a four-person bipartisan council selected by legislative leadership, and to transfer oversight of campaign finance reporting to the Secretary of State.

The Session podcast

Week 8: Capitol reporters discuss taxes, public health and labor unions.

Montana Commissioner of Political Practices

Nitpick or necessity?

The biggest change in SB 224 is a repeal of Montana’s cap on candidate contributions from political committees.


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