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Corey Stapleton is elected as Montana’s next Secretary of State
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Corey Stapleton was elected as Montana’s next Secretary of State.  The Billings Republican faced Democrat Monica Lindeen for the open seat.

Absentee Voting Runs High As Election Day Begins

Nov 8, 2016
The entrance to a polling place at the Missoula County fairgrounds, Nov. 7, 2016.
Andrew French

Montanans – those who haven’t already voted – are heading to the polls today to decide hard-fought races ranging from president to local ballot measures. 

As of this morning, Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch's official website reported that nearly 298,000 Montanans had cast absentee ballots. That's about 85 percent of all the absentee ballots sent out statewide.

Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch
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  Secretary of State Linda McCulloch called a press conference in her office today to reassure voters that Montana’s election is not being rigged.

“This talk is not only irresponsible," she says, "it is woefully misinformed and is meant to create distrust and doubt in a system that has been in place and successful for centuries.”

Corey Stapleton, Republican Candidate for Montana Secretary of State.
Corey Stapleton For Secretary of State of Montana

Because Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch is term-limited, Republican Corey Stapleton and Democrat Monica Lindeen will face each other in the general election to replace her.

There are now 13 locations across nine Montana counties that provide early voting and late registration to six tribal nations.
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New satellite election offices near and on American Indian Reservations in Montana saw low turnout before the primary, but state and tribal officials are still calling the effort to expand voting equality a success.

Satellite Voting Office Opening In Browning

Mar 28, 2016
There are now 13 locations across nine Montana counties that provide early voting and late registration to six tribal nations.
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A satellite voting office is opening on the Blackfeet Reservation for the first time. The new office in Browning would help reservation residents gain equal access to same-day voter registration.

Mail-In Voting Expected To Minimize Lines In Montana

Mar 23, 2016

Montana election officials say it’s unlikely the state’s June primary election will see the kinds of long lines Arizona voters experienced Tuesday in that state’s presidential primary.

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The Blackfeet Tribe is challenging Pondera County Commissioners and Montana’s Secretary of State Office about tribal member’s voting access.

The Montana Supreme Court has ruled to keep a Libertarian candidate for secretary of state on November's election ballots.
Josh Burnham

Five new satellite election offices are set to open on tribal lands across Montana ahead of this year's elections. They’re the result of a directive issued last fall by Secretary of State Linda McCulloch. She says it will make voting easier for people on reservations.

Election Season Gets Underway With Candidate Filing

Jan 14, 2016
A handful of legislative and judicial candidates waited outside Secretary of State Linda McCulloch's office Thursday to be the first to register when she opened the doors at 8 a.m.
William Marcus

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The candidate filing period began Thursday, kicking off Montana's 2016 election season in which voters will decide whether to give Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock and Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke new terms in office.

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