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Corey Stapleton

Secretary of State Corey Stapleton and county election leaders meeting Tuesday to talk about improvements to the state's mail ballot election system.
Corin Cates-Carney

Montana does not have widespread voter fraud in its elections system.

That’s according to Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, now that he’s reviewed data he requested from Montana’s Clerks and Recorders Association.

Corey Stapleton is Montana’s Secretary of State
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State and county election officials will meet with Secretary of State Corey Stapleton tomorrow to review data from a survey of ballots Stapleton initiated. The Secretary of State has expressed concern about voter misconduct and fraud. 

Back in August, Stapleton expressed worry about potential voter fraud because of more than 360 ballots that appeared to have mismatched signatures. He said this survey helped address that concern.

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

Montana’s secretary of state said Tuesday that he’s looked into whether there was election fraud during this May’s special election and hasn’t seen any evidence showing a coordinated effort to cast mismatched, or illegal, signatures on ballots.

Secretary of State Corey Stapleton raised the issue of potential voter fraud in August. At a meeting with state lawmakers, he said that just because it hasn’t happened in Montana before doesn’t mean it’s not happening now. 

Montana Capitol.
William Marcus

Political salvos are flying between Governor Steve Bullock and Republicans amid a waiting game and hints of a special legislative session to potentially solve the budget crisis.

As Montanans wait to learn how, and if, the governor will follow through on his proposed 10 percent cuts to state agencies, Democratic and Republican leaders are digging into their tug of war over state spending.

Voters cast ballots at the Missoula County Fairgrounds, May 25, 2017.
Josh Burnham

Montana's Republican Secretary of State Corey Stapleton and Democratic lawmakers continued their spat last week over allegations of voter fraud in statewide elections. Stapleton has made at least two claims of voter fraud in the special U.S. congressional election this spring. He's also concerned about the number of illegal votes in that election.

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