Montana Sued Over General Election Mail-in Ballot Plans
Wednesday, The Republican National Committee, President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Montana Republican State Central Committee sued Montana over its mail-in general election plans. The lawsuit, filed in Helena District Court, had three counts against Governor Steve Bullock’s directive to give Montana counties the choice to conduct the November election by mail because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The suit claims the directive is a violation of elections and electors rights and violates the right to vote. It also maintains that the state legislature provides the requirements for elections, not the governor. It requests a temporary restraining order, followed by a permanent injunction against the directive.
Governor Bullock responded to the suit, saying, in part, “Montana has a strong history of voting by mail and it is, and has always been, safe and secure ... The election directive left the decision-making power to local election officials ‘cause that’s how we do it here in Montana ... A bipartisan group of Montana election officials, the vast majority of whom are Republicans, requested this change because the health and safety of our election judges and voters are on the line."
Kristen Bennett of Trump Victory said in a news release that the Republican National Committee is involved in about 40 other election-related cases in Ohio, Nevada, Minnesota, Florida, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina and Arizona.