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Democrats in the state of Montana are in uproar after the Governor signed two new pieces of legislation, according to The Hill.
Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte placed new restrictions on voter registration and ballot casting when he signed the new pieces of legislation.
Montana Democrats filed a lawsuit against the state of Montana only hours after the bill had been signed.
Marc Elias took to Twitter, “This afternoon, Montana’s Republican Governor signed two voter suppression bills into law. Tonight, on behalf of the @MTDems we sued.”
The lawsuit claims that the two new bills are in violation of Montana’s Constitution.
Democrats are basing these claims on allegations that the bills affect “students, the elderly, the disabled, and indigenous communities.”
The suit says, “At no point during the month before an election will voters be able to register outside of normal working hours—between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. And unregistered voters who rely on services that are widely available on election day, like organized transportation, will no longer be able to do so.”
“Additionally, previously-registered voters who discover errors in their voter registration information on election day—as tens of thousands of voters have over the last 15 years—will no longer be able to update their registration information and cast a ballot at their polling location on election day.”
Sandi Luckey said, “The goal of the lawsuit is to stop Republicans from silencing voters, to protect fair elections, and the freedom to vote for everyone in Montana.”
Sen. Mike Cuffe said, “I’m not saying, no where in the bill are we indicating that there is any claim of voter fraud or any wrongdoing.”
“What we’re looking at here, is attempting to improve on the system, to make a good sense process better, to ensure that all members all around the state can feel very satisfactory that folks who have signed up to vote are Montana citizens.”
From The Hill:
GOP lawmakers in state legislatures across the country have introduced or passed bills this year that limit voter access. Recently passed voting laws in Georgia sparked protests and backlash from major corporations.
Republican sponsors of the bill have argued that the bills are not about limiting voter access and instead are meant to improve security and efficiency, though state Sen. Mike Cuffe (R), who sponsored on of the bills, acknowledged that Montana’s elections are secure CNN reports.