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New workgroup is paving the way for more election legislation in 2023

A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, state officials and county representatives is leapfrogging the fraud debate in search of “practical” election improvements, from voter confidence to the safety of election workers.

State lawmakers, county election administrators and the Montana Association of Counties have established an unpublicized informal workgroup to examine Montana’s current election processes and discuss opportunities to enhance the election system ahead of the next legislative session.

The group has met twice to date, most recently in late April, and has grown to include Republican and Democratic legislators from both chambers, as well as a representative from Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen’s office and Commissioner of Political Practices Jeff Mangan, whose office shares oversight of certain...

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