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.
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.
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Emails obtained by Montana Free Press show Republican Rep. Brad Tschida is leaning on Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen to investigate his voting irregularity claims. Jacobsen has so far declined.
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.
The race for Montana’s soon-to-be-established second seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is starting to take shape, with Democrat Laurie Bishop and Republican Al Olszewski officially announcing their candidacies today.
Between Oct. 27 and Nov. 2, 7,790 Montanans in 52 of the state’s 56 counties either registered to vote or updated their voter status. On Election Day, the total was 8,172 — the second highest figure in a general election since Montana implemented same-day registration in 2006.
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MORE ELECTIONS COVERAGE
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.
Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen has issued an ‘open letter’ in apparent response to allegations of discrepancies in Missoula County election results.