A Yellowstone County-led bill to make permanent the absentee voter roster has been referred to a state House committee. Bret Rutherford, the county’s election administrator, said on Monday that the proposed legislation, House Bill 287, was referred to the House’s State Administration Committee last Friday. A hearing date has not been set. Rutherford, who wrote the proposed legislation, said he intends to testify for the bill. “Enough is enough. Let’s get this thing done,” he said.
The draft bill would make the absentee voter list permanent.
Montana law now requires that the absentee voter list be deleted on Feb. 1 in even-numbered years. To continue receiving absentee ballots, voters must ask their elections office to get on the list.