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Two legal cases alter election rules as June 2 primary looms

Ballot Interference Prevention Act suspended and ballot deadline extended — for now

HELENA — Last month, Montana Free Press added a roundup of pertinent information for primary voters to its 2020 election guide. In the weeks since, a pair of legal cases have necessitated some updates. Here’s what’s happened so far.

On May 1, five tribal governments and two Native voting rights organizations filed a motion in Yellowstone County District Court seeking a temporary injunction against Montana’s Ballot Interference Prevention Act. BIPA, which was approved by Montana voters on the 2018 ballot, established a strict set of regulations for the collection and delivery of ballots on beha...


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