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Christi Jacobsen is the 2020 Republican candidate for secretary of state.
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Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio interviewed Montana's statewide general election candidates.

Christi Jacobsen is the 2020 Republican candidate for secretary of state. Jacobsen is currently the deputy Secretary of State, with a previous career in the private telecom industry. She shared her plan for strengthening election security, support of a voter ID law and promises not to raise business filing fees with Montana Public Radio’s Corin Cates Carney.

For years, Montana’s political leaders have been advocating for technology that traps carbon at power plants and other industrial sites. So far, carbon capture has seen a slow start. The two candidates facing off for a Montana U.S. Senate seat in the upcoming November election recently highlighted their carbon capture initiatives.

For the first time, almost every county in Montana is using all-mail in ballots this election season. Voters can still drop off their ballots in person if they want. But experts say mailing ballots is the best way to make the election accessible during the pandemic. This new system is bringing with it all kinds of uncertainties about logistics, reliability and the timeframe of the results. Still, election officials are trying to figure out how to make it work for everybody.

This is Shared State, a podcast about what's driving Montana's 2020 elections and where the outcomes could lead us. This week, "Equality of Opportunity."

Candidates for one of Montana’s U.S. Senate seats faced off Saturday night in their third and final debate hosted by MTN News. Both candidates framed the race as pivotal to high stakes issues like coronavirus relief and tax policy.

Incumbent Republican Sen. Steve Daines and current Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock first traded barbs over the state and federal response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Daines said he wants to pass another relief package but is opposed to Democratic efforts to provide money directly to states.

Campaign Beat: Abortion, Harassment And Big Money

Oct 9, 2020

The new governor will either uphold Montanans' access to legal abortion or restrict that access. New TV ads in the Senate race question, and defend Gov. Bullock's treatment of women. New polls in that race show contradictory results. And the two candidates for Secretary of State differ on whether Montanans should vote by mail.

Listen now on Campaign Beat with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

Counties are sending mail and absentee ballots to Montanans on Oct. 9.

Ballots can be mailed or returned in person to county elections offices. Many counties that chose to conduct an all mail ballot election also offer alternative drop off locations.

County officials must have ballots in hand by 8 P.M. on Election Day, Nov. 3. Voters are advised to get their ballots in the mail at least one week before that date or else drop them off in person.

People browsing at a medical marijuana dispensary.
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Voters next month will decide if Montana should become the latest state to legalize the use and sale of recreational marijuana. A pair of measures to open the state’s cannabis market to adults 21 and older appear on ballots.

Proponents say legalizing pot would not only advance personal liberty, but also turbo-charge the state’s economy. Critics, however, say the risks far outweigh the potential benefits.

Montana's 2020 election interviews, Q&A, candidate profiles and debates

Montana Public Radio is gathering information on all statewide general election candidates to publish as a resource for our audience. We asked all the statewide candidates to respond to the following questions via email, limiting their answers to 150 words per question. These are their unedited responses.

Tony O’Donnell is the 2020 Republican candidate for public service commissioner region 2.

Greg Gianforte is the 2020 Republican candidate for governor.
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Montana Public Radio is gathering information on all statewide general election candidates to publish as a resource for our audience. We asked all the statewide candidates to respond to the following questions via email, limiting their answers to 150 words per question. These are their unedited responses.

Greg Gianforte is the 2020 Republican candidate for governor.

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