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Corey Stapleton

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.

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