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Mistakes In Montana Voter Guide Cost $265,000

Oct 12, 2018
An image of part of the email from Montana's Secretary of State office announcing errors in the state Voter Information Pamphlet
Montana Secretary of State's office

The official Montana voter information pamphlet many voters have received contains formatting errors. An addendum correcting them has now been mailed out at a total cost of more than $265,000.

In an email yesterday, Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton announced that the one page addendum was being mailed.

Voters at the Missoula County ballot drop-off center, May 23, 2017.
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

Montana is preparing to replace its more than decade-old voter registration system as part of a federal grant program to improve election security.

However, Secretary of State Corey Stapleton says not all those improvements will be in place ahead of the 2018 midterms.

Election sign in a Montana polling place
Josh Burnham

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton says the state will replace its aging voter registration system and upgrade election security with a $3 million federal grant.

Montana Senate President Scott Sales.
Mike Albans

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The president of the Montana Senate is asking the attorney general for an opinion on whether Gov. Steve Bullock illegally allowed the state to purchase a $6.1 million conservation easement on an eastern Montana ranch without approval from the state Land Board.

State law requires the Land Board to approve "land acquisitions" worth more than $100,000.

Montana Supreme Court Upholds Green Party's Ballot Removal

Aug 21, 2018
Montana absentee ballot.
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a state judge's decision to remove Montana Green Party candidates from the November ballot.

The justices issued the order Tuesday and said they'd file their written opinion later. Thursday is the deadline for the Secretary of State's Office to certify general election ballots.

Montana Green Party Challenging Ballot Signature Rules

Aug 14, 2018
Voters cast ballots at the Missoula County Fairgrounds, May 25, 2017.
Josh Burnham

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Green Party is challenging a state law that governs minor party ballot access.

In a complaint filed in federal court Monday, the party is challenging the March 15 submission deadline and the requirement that a minimum number of signatures be gathered in 34 of 100 legislative districts.

Secretary of State Corey Stapleton meets with county election officials August 10, 2017.
Corin Cates-Carney

Secretary of State Corey Stapleton says Montana’s election system was probed by Russia during the 2016 election cycle.

Stapleton’s acknowledgement comes after a member of his staff told the Associated Press that Montana was not among the 21 states targeted by hackers in 2016.

Voting booths at the Missoula Library.
Josh Burnham

Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is asking the Montana Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling that removed Green Party candidates from election ballots this November.

The appeal notice filed Wednesday challenges a ruling earlier this month from a district court in Helena that sided with the Montana Democratic Party, which argued the Green Party illegitimately gained access to the ballot.

Montana Capitol.
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican lawmakers failed to get enough support to call a special session to consider referenda to counter two proposed ballot initiatives.

Voters in Clinton, Montana, cast ballots during the 2016 elections.
Rebekah Welch / UM School of Journalism

Montana’s Secretary of State plans to ask the state Supreme Court to overrule a lower court’s decision this week ordering the Green Party off this fall's ballots.

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