Montana Secretary of State Celebrates Decision on Voting Laws
Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen told KGVO News this week that she and her staff celebrated Tuesday’s decision by the Montana Supreme Court to uphold two of the election laws passed by the 2021 legislature.
“It’s been a great week for elections in our state,” Secretary Jacobsen began. “I am extremely grateful that the Supreme Court recognized the importance of orderly, safe and secure elections. My request was simple; that our state be allowed to administer the upcoming election in a way that has been trained and understood, thereby freeing election officials from the partisan and legally engineered havoc that has been inflicted on election workers in all walks of life.
The two laws, one that eliminated same-day voter registration and the other that required legal photo ID to vote, were passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Gianforte, however, District Court Judge Michael Moses ruled that the laws may have been unconstitutional. commented Secretary Jacobsen.
“These common sense election laws were supported by the Legislature, signed by the Governor, and implemented by election officials across the state. Many of these election officials only held an election under the new laws passed by House Bill 176 and Senate Bill 169 in the last legislative session.
Jacobsen said the Supreme Court’s rulings will help ensure free and fair elections.
“I am pleased to see the clarity and consistency of these election officials for the benefit of all Montana voters in this upcoming election,” she said. Thousands of Montananese have successfully registered and voted over the past year, and thousands more will participate in the upcoming primary elections.
Jacobsen encouraged all eligible Montana residents to register to vote before the upcoming June primary and then go to their polling place to vote.
“I want to encourage all eligible voters in Montana to check their registration status on the My Voter page of our website and register, and let’s vote in Montana”
Election officials are hoping for strong turnout for the first election at a polling station in nearly four years.
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