Free and fair elections are the foundation of our Constitutional Republic
Get prepared for the next Montana midterm election on November 8, 2022
Decide who governs your children in the public school system
Call your county elections office and speak to your clerk and recorder or county commissioners.
Did you know that though it is arguably more important to vote at your local level than in a Presidential election, voter turnout is close to 30% lower for Montana state primaries? Congressional elections occur every two years and determine who will represent Montana in Congress. Members of the House of Representatives serve two-year terms and are considered for reelection every even year. Senators, however, serve six-year terms and their elections are staggered over even years so that only one-third of the Senate is up for reelection during any election. Midterm elections occur halfway between presidential elections. The congressional elections in November 2022 will be “midterms.”
Congressional elections use the popular vote to choose winners. They don’t use the Electoral College, which is used in presidential elections.
School board elections occur every year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May. Exceptions to this are in years when the legislature is in regular or special session and it affects funding, as outlined in MCA § 20-20-105.
After our COVID state of emergency ended in 2021 and school districts continued to mandate masks, social distancing, and contact tracing, many people wondered why our new elected Governor Gianforte couldn’t just sign an executive order to put an end to it. Montana is one of the few states in which local school districts derive their authority through our state constitution, Article X, Section 8. The supervision and control of schools in each district is vested in the board of trustees.
For better or for worse, these constitutionally derived powers were put to the test in 2021. There was no state emergency and no directive from the local boards of health, but local school board mandates begged the question, “how much control is allotted by the Constitution? Should these powers supersede the individual’s constitutionally protected rights and freedoms?”
These are very important questions and deserve the attention of every eligible voter. School district trustees are elected public officials. They too are responsible for governing by our authority. Whether you have children in public school or not, or whether you have children at all, we must always do what we can to support our future leaders, entrepreneurs, tradesmen and women, caregivers, and parents. They will shape our future.
Please take some time to learn about ESSER funds that were allotted to the state of Montana to implement correct and universal masking, social distancing, contact tracing and more. These plans are intended to go far into the future, with the next round of funding slated for 2028.
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Since the November 2020 election, a number of groups have formed across the country to work on election integrity projects. One such group is the Montana Election Integrity Project. They are organizing volunteers across the state.
Free and fair elections are the foundation of our Constitutional Republic. They express the voice of the people and help to ensure the peaceful and orderly transition of power from the citizens to their elected representatives, and from each representative to their successor.
We’ve moved into an era where the security of our elections has come into question. The November 2020 General Federal Election ushered in an overwhelming amount of concern for the security of our elections on the coattails of nearly a decade of warnings from our politicians that our election systems can be easily hacked. Without integrity in elections and the reassurance that each and every vote is secure… We believe that election integrity should be a non-partisan issue because we feel everyone’s vote matters.
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