Posted by tom regan (+1256) 3 years ago
I've voted by mail for every elections since moving to Colorado in 2009. It's easy, convenient, and economical. Mail-in ballots are especially convenient for rural voters, and voter fraud is extremely rare. The arguments from House Republicans explaining why they do not want mail-in ballots are paranoid rantings, and basically state that they are in favor of voter suppression. Why do Republicans hate democracy so much? What about being "fiscally conservative"? Mail-in ballots will save Custer County tens of thousand of dollars.

Oh, and I'm still waiting to see the evidence from President Trump on "massive voter fraud" during the presidential election.

http://lastbestnews.com/s...publicans/

On a side note, I've read Richards recent posts and agree with him. Outrage from Democrats and facts will not improve our current political situation. But the issue of mail-in ballots should be one of those instances where Republicans and Democrats can find common ground. Save money and allow the maximum number of registered voters to cast a ballot.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+14317) 3 years ago
Senate Bill 305 had overwhelming bipartisan support from all the county governments who have to pay for holding and staffing the special election. It is such a no brainer, to save money.

Even if we allow these dark money Republicans to have their way and force the counties to hold this election and staff all the polling places for one vote on the ballot, why don't these corrupt individuals provide some funding to counties to do so? Why make the counties pay? Oh, wait....it's because they are corrupt to the core.
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Posted by David Schott (+14976) 3 years ago
Last Best News: Prairie Lights: A new low for state’s House Republicans

By: Ed Kemmick

". . .

Senate Bill 305 was short and simple. It would merely have given county clerks and recorders the authority to conduct an all-mail election to fill the U.S. House seat vacated by Ryan Zinke when he became President Trump’s Interior secretary.

Bill sponsor Steve Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Great Falls, told his Senate colleagues, “This bill is the fiscally responsible thing to do at this time. It’s the fiscally conservative thing to do.”

He was referring to estimates from county elections administrators, who said that being forced to conduct regular walk-in voting could cost as much as $750,000 statewide.

That’s a lot of money for a ballot containing exactly one item, and the costs of a traditional election would have to be picked up by the counties. There was also a reasonable concern that having a special election on an unusual day—May 25 is a Thursday—would dampen voter turnout.

The Montana Senate understood what was at stake and approved Fitzpatrick’s bill on a 35-15 vote.

Then the bill went to the House, and it turned out that dampening voter turnout was precisely what Republicans in that chamber were aiming to do.
Why? Because Rep. Jeff Essmann, R-Billings, the state GOP chairman, had sent out an “Emergency Chairman’s Report” warning of the dire consequences of allowing citizens to vote by mail.

“All mail ballots give the Democrats an inherent advantage in close elections due to their ability to organize large numbers of unpaid college students and members of public employee unions to gather ballots by going door to door,” Essmann said in the letter.

Democrats have gotten so good at exploiting the use of mail-in ballots, Essmann went on, that if Montana were to adopt all-mail voting, it would threaten “the long-term viability of our Republican Party.”

. . ."


Read more here.
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Posted by Bob Netherton III (+2761) 3 years ago
Just another reason why I'll never vote Republican under any circumstance.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+10178) 3 years ago
I would hate to be Jeff Essmann in a dark hallway at the capitol if Geraldine Custer catches him. Yowch. We will be voting at MCC for the special election here in old Milestown.
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Posted by The man from snowy plains (-241) 3 years ago
Party choice is not the issue. As Montanaians I for one am proud of elected our officials get promoted in Washington known for their hard, forthwrite,honest service for our country. Granted media has exposed voter fraud in other states.
Very unlikely in Montana, Please vote.
It is what makes Montana Great!
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Posted by Colette Butcher (+411) 3 years ago
It is very disheartening to see how ignorant some of our state representatives are when they are willing to have the counties put out $750,000.00 in order to hold an election just because they are afraid the Democrat candidate might win if we mail in ballots. I always thought part of their position was to be fiscally responsible to the people of Montana.....apparently not!
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Posted by Bob Netherton III (+2761) 3 years ago
Colette. They are extremely thrifty when they are not the major benefactors.
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Posted by tom regan (+1256) one month ago
Well, here we are again, three years later, after Trumps failed voter fraud committee was disbanded due to the fact that voter fraud is so exceedingly rare that it is essentially non-existent, talking about voter fraud. Trump could never accept the fact that America never wanted him as the President, losing the popular vote by a significant margin.

So, he has taken to Twitter to proclaim, falsely and without evidence, that mail-in ballots cannot be trusted, and any election that uses mail-in ballots is a fraudulent election. It seems he is preparing for his loss in November by casting doubt on the outcome of the election if mail-in ballots are used. A desperate ploy to hold on to power when he loses the election. Typical dictator move. Putin would be proud of his protege.

Twitter put a fact check on Trumps BS rant about mail-in ballot fraud. Trump then claimed his 1st amendment rights had been infringed. Providing facts following a steaming pile of crap twitter post to correct blatant lies is not violating the 1st amendment.



[Edited by tom regan (5/28/2020 9:59:22 AM)]
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+14317) one month ago
Good work Tommy, but let's not forget the Liar-in-Chief's latest twitter campaign to suggest the host of an MSNBC program "the Morning Joe", Joe Scarborough, is "responsible" for the death of one of his aides who died from heart related complications and a subsequent fall in 2002 at his office in Florida, while Scarborough was in Washington D.C.

When you think that the Dotard can't get worse than he already is, he doubles down of being a piece of a$$wipe. Wyoming's lone Republican congresswoman, Liz Cheney, has called out the human POS on this.

When Liz Cheney and I agree on anything, you know there is something wrong in the world.
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Posted by super8bitable (+56) one month ago
Trump wants voting by mail to be abolished because he knows the majority will vote against him. Simple as that.
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