The Montana Supreme Court says a referendum that might make it harder for some people to vote can stay on the November ballot — with revisions to the language that will appear with it. LR-126 would end same-day voter registration in Montana. A group of unions and voting-rights groups challenged the referendum, saying its title is inaccurate and misleading. They said the title of the bill wrongly suggests that ending same-day registration is required under federal law.
The Montana Supreme Court agreed that the referendum’s title could confuse voters, and directed the Montana Attorney General to revise the statement on the ballot that explains the measure.
Eric Feaver, president of the Montana Education Association-Montana Federation of Teachers, said, “LR-126 is plainly, simply, voter suppression. The purpose of LR-126 is to discourage certain folks from voting – folks who show up late to register; Native Americans; military personnel; students in our universities and colleges around the state; and people who change their addresses.”