Jeff Essmann

Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

  Secretary of State Linda McCulloch called a press conference in her office today to reassure voters that Montana’s election is not being rigged.

“This talk is not only irresponsible," she says, "it is woefully misinformed and is meant to create distrust and doubt in a system that has been in place and successful for centuries.”

This election cycle, Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump is talking a lot about voter fraud and an election he says is “rigged.”

Now, Republicans in Montana are worried it’s happening here, in the form of people offering to deliver absentee ballots for convenience or to help voters avoid the cost of postage, but not actually turning those ballots in.

Voting booths at the Missoula Library.
Josh Burnham

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled to keep a Libertarian candidate for secretary of state on November's election ballots. The justices, in a 5-to-1 decision, denied Montana Republican Party Chairman Jeff Essmann's request to remove Roger Roots as a candidate.

Montana Capitol
Eric Whitney

Republican lawmakers took to the Capitol steps Tuesday to discuss the state’s revenue outlook and criticize Democratic Governor Steve Bullock’s administration for the handling of the state budget.

Left: Daniel Zolnikov (R) HD 45, right: Nicholas Schwaderer (R) HD 14
Montana Legislature

Two Montana Republican state house members today endorsed the Libertarian Party’s candidate for President. Daniel Zolnikov from Billings and Nick Schwaderer from Superior say they’re endorsing Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, for president.