House Bill 88: Same-Day Voting System Under Fire

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Montana’s same-day voting system has again come under fire at the state Legislature.

A Bozeman Republican says that problems for election administrators only intensified during the November elections. It was the second general election where Montanans could register all the way up to, and on, Election Day.

Rep. Ted Washburn says voters have plenty of time to register well before Election Day.

Opponents say same-day registration has been a success, pointing to high turnout in November. They say there have been no incidents of voting fraud discovered in Montana as part of same-day registration.

Secretary of State Linda McCulloch told the House State Administration Committee that she opposes any plan to repeal late registration.

A similar plan died in the 2007 Legislature.