Helena – Republican candidate for secretary of state Sen. Scott Sales today voted against another piece of legislation that would remove barriers for Montanans to exercise their right to vote.
Sales voted against an attempt by Sen. Bryce Bennett (D-Missoula) to bring a bill from Rep. Geraldine Custer (R-Forsyth) up for a vote on the Senate floor. The bill, HB 536, would have allowed Montanans who are applying for a driver’s license to electronically register to vote at the same time. The motion failed 25 to 25.
The secretary of state’s office is responsible for overseeing elections in Montana, but since Sales announced his intent to run for the office, he has voted against several bills that would increase voting access for Montanans.
Among the voting access bills Sales voted against was SB 148, a bipartisan bill to allow Montanans who register to vote late to return their absentee ballots to their polling place on Election Day. Governor Steve Bullock signed SB 148 into law last week.
“Scott Sales is making it harder – not easier – for Montanans to participate in free and open elections in our state,” said Montana Democratic Party Executive Director Monica Lindeen. “Sales’ voting record paints a clear picture of a legislator working to stifle Montanans’ ability to vote. His efforts fly in the face of what Montana’s secretary of state should be doing: removing barriers for Montanans to exercise their constitutional right to vote.”
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