The May special election to find Montana’s new congressional representative just keeps coming back into play. Tuesday, Missoula County Elections Administrator Rebecca Connors told the County Commission about her office’s survey into their handling of rejected ballots. The survey was done at the request of Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, who, according to Connors asked the same of each Montana county elections office. And if the local offices didn’t want to, his office would. Stapleton’s request for the surveys came after an email exchange between him and Connors that was made public after the commissioners decided to respond. In the emails, Stapleton accused Missoula County of not taking voter fraud seriously and asked “why 91 illegal signatures on mail ballots are once again going to be silently set aside on the shelf of indifference.”
The exchange between Connors and Stapleton “really piqued his interest in how the rejected ballot process worked,” Connors said.
“We’re going to do it, we’re going to do it awesome,” she decided.
Bradley Seaman, Connors’ deputy and Carol Bellin, vice chair of the Elections Advisory Committee led the survey, attempting to track down all 91 people who turned in rejected ballots.