GOP Backs Off Voter Registration Challenges

By Beacon Staff

BILLINGS – Montana Republicans are reconsidering a plan to challenge more voter registrations in the state after Democrats filed a lawsuit to stop the practice.

Last week, Republicans sent letters to election officials in seven counties, challenging the registrations of almost 6,000 voters because their listed addresses did not match a Postal Service database.

GOP leaders say plans to challenge more registrations are on hold while they review Monday’s lawsuit, which is before U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula.

Democrats claim the challenges were meant to suppress voter turnout in districts that have traditionally gone against Republicans.

No hearings have been scheduled in the case.