Letter: Protect Montana voters, oppose LR-126 – Billings Gazette, June 8, 2014

June 9, 2014

Categories: Legislature, Letters, News


Montanans should reflect on just how proud we should be of our election system. It works well, making the registration process easy and accessible and protects our freedom to vote. And, as Montanans, we know that we all have a responsibility to make sure that everyone who wants to participate in our elections should have the chance.

Our elections consistently rank as some of the best run nationally. In fact, a recent report by the Pew Charitable Trusts ranked Montana as the 11th best state for our election system’s performance. Thanks to the hard work of our county election workers, we continue to make our elections more free, fair and accessible to all Montanans.

Unfortunately, a group of out-of-touch politicians are attempting to fix something that isn’t broken, manipulating the legislative process to put Legislative Referendum 126 on the ballot this fall in the general election. If passed, it would repeal sections of law that have allowed more than 28,000 Montanans to vote since it was first passed by a bipartisan majority nearly a decade ago. More importantly, it would put unfair and unnecessary hurdles in front of our students, seniors, veterans, farmers and ranchers’ ability to have their voice heard in our great democracy.

Join me in opposing LR-126 by voting no in November. Instead of trying to play political games, we should be proud of our election system.

Deborah Hanson
Miles City

220 South 27th Street, Suite A
Billings, Montana 59101
(406) 248-1154