MTPR

Linda McCulloch

Montana Political Practices Commissioner To Remain In Office For Now

Dec 30, 2016
Montana Commissioner of Political Practices, Jonathan Motl.
Corin Cates-Carney

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's commissioner of political practices will remain in office beyond the expiration of his term Sunday until a state judge rules on a lawsuit seeking to keep him in office for a full six years.

It’s been just over a week since Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke was nominated to be secretary of Interior by President-elect Donald Trump. Since then, at least half-a-dozen Republicans and one Democrat have expressed interest in replacing him. If Zinke is confirmed by the Senate, Montana will hold a special election next year to fill his House seat.

To talk over what this means for Montana, we’re joined by Rob Saldin, a political science professor at the University of Montana and analyst for MTPR.

State Representative Amanda Curtis
Christopher B. Allen

State Representative Amanda Curtis of Butte is the first Democrat to indicate interest in replacing Congressman Ryan Zinke if he is confirmed as secretary of the Interior next year. Curtis says she’s not yet decided whether she’ll seek her party’s nomination, but says if Zinke is appointed,  it would a great opportunity for Democrats to take back the seat and that she has been encouraged to run by her supporters and family:

Corey Stapleton is elected as Montana’s next Secretary of State
Courtesy of CoreyStapleton.com

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
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

  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.
IIP Photo Archive

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.
IIP Photo Archive

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.

Pages