2016 elections

An Election Day Tribute To Jeannette Rankin, 100 Years After Her Campaign

Nov 8, 2016
People visited the Montana Capitol to pay their respects to Jeanette Rankin, the first female U.S. Representative with bouquets, garlands and "I Voted" stickers.
Margaret Grayson - UM School of Journalism

HELENA – The statue of Jeannette Rankin in the Montana State Capitol was dressed for the occasion on Election Day – not in bronze but in flowers.

People visited the Capitol to pay their respects to the first female U.S. Representative with bouquets, garlands and "I Voted" stickers.

Around Montana: Voters In Clinton, Drummond Remain Skeptical On Election Day

Nov 8, 2016
Voters in Clinton, MT cast ballots during the 2016 elections.
Rebekah Welch

In two small towns just east of Missoula, voters remain conflicted even after they have cast their ballots.

While volunteers at the polls in Clinton and Drummond said they have seen healthy turnout, they used words like “confusing,” “unsure” and “rough” to describe the election cycle.

Absentee Voting Runs High As Election Day Begins

Nov 8, 2016
The entrance to a polling place at the Missoula County fairgrounds, Nov. 7, 2016.
Andrew French

Montanans – those who haven’t already voted – are heading to the polls today to decide hard-fought races ranging from president to local ballot measures. 

As of this morning, Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch's official website reported that nearly 298,000 Montanans had cast absentee ballots. That's about 85 percent of all the absentee ballots sent out statewide.

Montana Election Results 2016

Nov 8, 2016

Live Montana election results will be available beginning at 8:00 p.m. when Montana polls close.

Democrat Denise Juneau and Republican Ryan Zinke
Denise Juneau: courtesy Bronte Wittpen; Ryan Zinke: William Marcus

All election season, the candidates for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House have been telling voters about their differences.

A federal judge upholds the Disclose Act: what does it mean for the gubernatorial race? Ryan Zinke’s ads get "nasty" in the House race, and the analysts discuss which races are likely to keep us up late Tuesday night. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin break down the final week before the elections on this episode of "Campaign Beat."

Gianforte talks with Brian Friess of Kalispell during a campaign stop in Columbia Falls, Montana Nov. 4, 2016.
Nicky Ouellet

Candidates are hitting multiple campaign stops each day in the final sprint to the election. Flathead Valley reporter Nicky Ouellet caught up with Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte in Columbia Falls this morning.

Montana Gubernatorial Candidates Circle The State To Excite Voters
Democratic governor Steve Bullock criticized the tax reform bill moving through Congress today, while Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte’s vote helped pass the U.S. House version of the bill.

Next week, Montanans will learn whether Republican Greg Gianforte or incumbent Democrat Steve Bullock will be the state’s governor.

In the run-up to voting day Tuesday, November 8, the two candidates are zig-zagging across and circling back thousands of miles around Montana, hoping it might make a difference.

It’s NOT your imagination.  There are a lot of political ads airing right now on television. 

A national study released today by the Wesleyan Media Project found Montana ranked near the top in the volume of ads bought and airedin the gubernatorial and U.S. House contests.

(Un)Truth in Political Advertising

Nov 2, 2016


That’s how political candidates often describe their opponent’s advertisements that are saturating television, mailboxes, and social media.

What does the laws says about truth in political ads?

Not much, says Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl, because the content is protected by the Constitution’s free speech provisions.

“That is where the argument that you are interfering with the First Amendment speech right is strongest,” he says.