Apr 24 2013

Montana Ballot Access Improvement Bill Passes House

Source: Ballot Access News

On April 24, the Montana House passed HB 120, the Secretary of State’s omnibus election law bill. It has two ballot access improvements: (1) it moves the independent candidate petition deadline (for office other than President) from March to May; (2) it makes it clear that the law, barring independent candidates from the ballot if they had too close an association with any political party, doesn’t apply to actions taken outside Montana. This has the effect of freeing independent presidential and vice-presidential candidates to get on the ballot, even if they were associated with a party. The old law was used to bar Peter Camejo from being Ralph Nader’s running mate in Montana in 2004, because Camejo had run for Governor of California as a Green in 2003.

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