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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.

The Capitol dome in Helena, MT.
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

County election officials are backing a proposal to allow online voter registration in Montana ahead of the 2020 election. However Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is standing against the idea.

Power Struggle Emerges In Montana's Crow Tribe After Vote

Jan 30, 2019
Crow Tribe.
Josh Burnham / MTPR

CROW AGENCY, Mont. (AP) — A power struggle has emerged between two men who claim to be the leader of Montana's Crow Tribe after a disputed recall election earlier this month.

The tribe's vice-chairman, Carlson "Duke" Goes Ahead says he's the legitimate chairman after the Jan. 19 recall election ousted Chairman Alvin "A.J." Not Afraid and tribal secretary R. Knute Old Crow from office.

The Forces Behind Montana’s Sky-High 2018 Voter Turnout

Dec 17, 2018
U.S. 2018 General Election Turnout Rates
Leia Larsen / Montana Pree Press

Montana saw high voter participation in the 2018 midterm elections, even for an election noteworthy for remarkable turnout nationwide.

American flag.
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More than 71 percent of Montana voters voted in the midterm election, the highest turnout in state history. It was also higher across the country. National exit polls show that included more young voters — or 18 to 29 year olds. But younger voters still have the lowest turnout rates of any age group.

That’s where Andrew Seligsohn comes in. He’s the president of Campus Compact, a nonprofit group that partners with with colleges and universities across the country to get students to the polls and keep them engaged after elections.

Seligsohn was in Missoula Thursday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the local affiliate, Montana Campus Compact. MTPR's Rosie Costain talked to him about keeping students engaged now that the election is over and about a new initiative aimed getting students involved in the democratic process.

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