Because of the lack of support, Secretary of State Linda McCulloch is dropping her bill to require nearly all Montana elections to be conducted by mail. McCulloch said Monday she asked Rep. Geraldine Custer, R-Forsyth, to pull the bill, which had been scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday before the House State Administration Committee. As secretary of state, McCulloch is the state’s chief election official. “In polling Democrats and Republicans, I couldn’t see that there was enough support for the bill,” McCulloch said. “I’m a real believer that you shouldn’t waste a Legislature’s time and money if a bill is not going anywhere.”
She said lawmakers had a variety of reasons for not favoring the bill, “some good and some not so good.”
Tribal groups also had opposed the bill, McCulloch said. “We haven’t worked out the bugs enough to get them on board,” said McCulloch, a Democrat.
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