Cascade County officials consider request to appoint an election monitor
Cascade County District Court says it will consider a request from the Great Falls Public Library to appoint a monitor for the library’s upcoming mill levy election.
The library recently filed a petition asking for a monitor to secure and validate the June 6th levy to avoid the results being overturned due to administrative errors. Filings allege Cascade County clerk and recorder Sandra Merchant disenfranchised voters and failed to properly verify signatures in a recent election.
Judge Brenda Gilbert set a hearing for 1 p.m. on May 23 at the Cascade County Courthouse for the library and the county to make arguments for and against the appointment of a monitor.
Cascade County commissioners unanimously certified municipal election results Wednesday, more than a week after a state-imposed deadline.
Cascade County commissioners Wednesday will attempt for a second time to certify municipal election results from earlier this month.
A citizen group monitoring the Cascade County elections office says they’re seeing evidence of new ballot irregularities in Great Falls municipal elections.
Great Falls Public Schools’ trustees are asking Cascade County commissioners to take over election duties from the clerk and recorder’s office. The trustees cite a strained relationship with Clerk and Recorder Sandra Merchant, as well as concerns over her handling of the school election in May.