The U.S. Supreme Court Monday turned away challenges to open primaries in Hawaii and Montana. Bozeman attorney Matthew Monforton, who served as a Republican Legislator in 2015, concedes this is the end of the line for Montanans who support closed primaries: “This was our last shot. This was our last chance for Republican voters to take back their primaries and it will go nowhere from here on out.
There’s no silver lining here if you’re a conservative Montanan.” Montana voters do not have to be affiliated with a political party to vote in primary elections.
Open primary advocates say not requiring someone to register with a political party to vote in a primary is a win for privacy rights.