The Republican and the Trump campaign have sued the state of Monatana in federal court to cut back voting-in-mail statewide.
Montana already allowed voters to request and submit absentee ballots without explaining their reasoning.
Montana’s Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, who is also running for US Senate this year, issued a directive last month allowing counties to expand voting buy mail and early voting at their local discretion, including mailing ballots to qualified voters.
The secretary of state’s office, however, did not accept requests to remove their support, so the state Democrats and several people sued.
A lower court judge and the state Supreme Court sided with the Democrats, saying the Green Party no longer qualified for November’s contest.
Montana Republicans earlier this year backed an effort to qualify the Green Party, which has traditionally drawn some liberal voters from the Democrats, for the ballot. But after that was revealed, state Democrats urged enough people who signed petitions to disavow their support.
Bullock’s approach to making ballots are accessible to voters during the pandemic coupled with, a nationwide push by the Democratic Party for the same measures, clearly reveals that the Election Directive is less about protecting the health of Montanans and more about enhancing the Governor’s electoral prospects, along with those of his political party, on Wednesday Republican wrote.
The Republicans argue that the procedures Montana has in place could allow for fraud and dilute legitimate votes.
Montana has also faced an intrastate legal battle, over whether Green Party candidates for US House and Senate could appear on Montana ballots this fall. They ;likely will not, after the US Supreme Court declined last week to take up an emergency petition from Stapleton, a decision that could have a major impact on the competitive Senate race between Bullock and Republican Sen. Steve Daines.