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Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton.
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Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is in Israel this week with a bipartisan delegation of top state elections officials from across the United States. Officials say the trip aims to strengthen U.S.- Israel relations.

Stapleton is among 11 state officials from the U.S. traveling in the National Association of Secretaries of State delegation.

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

Starting in 2020, Lewis and Clark County will no longer have partisan elections for leadership offices, an idea that voters from a different southwest Montana county are opposed to.

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

The Montana Secretary of State's Office has decided how to distribute $750,000 in federal grant money to upgrade voting equipment across the state's 56 counties.

A statement by Secretary Corey Stapleton Tuesday shows the amount of each sub-grant will range from $3,500 for the smallest counties to nearly $46,000 for Missoula County. The money is matched by an equal amount contributed by the counties.


Candidates for statewide offices in Montana are gearing up for next year’s primaries. Republican State Senator Scott Sales announced in March he’s running for Secretary of State. He recently spoke with YPR News’ Jess Sheldahl about election security and his plans to develop communication with the County Clerks and Recorders.

The Montana SOS Office is holding a certification event for the ExpressVote voting system Tue, Aug 28, in Helena. The device is designed to help people with disabilities vote, but local election officials will urge everyone to use them in coming elections
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

The Montana Secretary of State’s office plans to sign-off on a new touchscreen voting system designed for voters with disabilities that could be used at county polling sites as early as this November.

The ExpressVote system resembles a touchscreen desktop computer or ATM. Voters insert a ballot, scroll through pages of candidates or initiatives and make their picks, and then hit print.

The two Democrats and two Republicans in charge of redrawing Montana’s political map failed Monday to agree on the fifth and final member of their group. The state Supreme Court will now step in to pick the tie-breaking member of Montana’s 2020 redistricting commission.


Tuesday marks the first election in Montana under a new ballot collection rule approved by popular vote last year. Some election officials say voters in remote areas and with limited mobility may be impacted.

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


Missoula County will be one of the first in Montana to test out a new statewide election law in its upcoming school and special district elections on May 7.

“It’s not really a change for the voters. It’s a change for the people who collect the ballots," says Missoula County Election Administrator Dayna Causby.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's election administrators are asking lawmakers to allow them to open and begin counting absentee ballots earlier because the number of mailed-in ballots continues to increase.

The Senate has passed a bill that would allow absentee ballots to be opened starting on the Thursday before Election Day and for the counting of absentee ballots to start the Monday before Election Day.

Sen. Scott Sales (R) - Bozeman
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Senate President Scott Sales announced today that he is running for the office of Secretary of State in 2020.

The Republican from Bozeman is the first declared candidate for the position since current Secretary of State Corey Stapleton announced earlier this year that he will run for governor.

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