MT Secretary of State Appeals Injunction

With the June primary only a month away, the Montana Secretary of State is looking to reinstate the election laws that were passed last year. In April, a Yellowstone County District Court judge granted a preliminary injunction, blocking the enforcement of the laws. That means they were not in effect for last week’s school and special district election. The laws in question eliminate same-day voter registration; preventing voters who are not yet old enough to vote from receiving ballots or casting ballots until they become eligible; changes in voter identification laws; and a law blocking organized ballot collection, or ballot harvesting. A trial in this case is set for June 20, meaning the laws won’t be in effect for the June primary unless the state’s appeal is successful before then.