Montana Democrats sue over Gianforte voter suppression bills
Suit aims to protect voting rights following record-breaking voter turnout
Helena, MT — The Montana Democratic Party has filed suit over two bills recently passed by the state legislature that limit voter participation. View the Party’s court filing at this link
“Fair access to the ballot box for all eligible voters–whether they are Republicans, Democrats or independents–is essential to the Montana way of life,” said Sandi Luckey, Montana Democratic Party Executive Director. “We will continue to hold accountable any leader who attacks our democratic institutions.”
Apparently, in response to record-breaking turnout during the 2020 elections, driven in large part by voters between the ages of 18-29, the Republican leaders of the legislature passed two bills aimed at limiting turnout amongst younger voters: House Bill 176 which eliminates election day registration and Senate Bill 169 which allows Montana college or university identification cards to be used as part of the voting process.
Both bills would limit overall participation, but particularly for the elderly, young voters, Native Americans, low income voters, and those who make election day decisions. “We are proud to advocate for those that Republican politicians are trying to exclude from the political process,” added Luckey.
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