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Big Sky 55+ Holds Stapleton Accountable for Wasting Money, Confusing Voters

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Montana Seniors Demand Election Integrity and Fiscal Responsibility

Big Sky 55+, has released the following statement in regards to Corey Stapleton’s malfeasance in wasting over $265,000 to send out faulty voter pamphlets with incorrect language and then lying about the costs of the error.

It’s good to see someone hold Stapleton accountable for his absurd foibles that have created a suspicious amount of evidence that his accidents may be intentional.

Big Sky 55+ is a leading voice to engage Montanans 55 and older to advocate for forward-thinking policies such as health care and economic security for all. They are a not for profit organization.

Statement from Big Sky 55+ below:

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Following the troubling incident of wasted money and negligent or intentional election meddling in the incorrect mailing of 471,000 voter information guides that cost $265,000 to reprint and mail. Big Sky 55+ calls for accountability in Montana elections from Secretary of State Stapleton.

Montanan seniors demand clean and fair elections run by an impartial Secretary of State who competently runs elections. The board of Big Sky 55+ demand that integrity and equality be upheld in the conduct of our Montana elections.

We will be monitoring the election process closely with election protection attorneys and watchdogs and will not falter in protecting Montana voters.

Big Sky 55+ Chair Carol Juneau:

“After the election meddling that occurred in the 2016 election it is crucial that we keep a close eye on every feature of the 2018 election. We must ensure Secretary of State Stapleton is upholding his oath of office to run free and fair elections without interference from outside or from within his office. Swift action will be taken if election meddling is occurring.”

Voter suppression will not be allowed in Montana – it’s not the Montana way. Corey Stapleton will be held accountable. We recognize that powerful forces in the United States are actively manipulating the electoral and legislative processes by disenfranchising citizens, controlling election rules, and dominating paid media.

Corey Stapleton should step aside if he is not capable or not willing to run Montana elections fairly and impartially. If abnormalities are found in Corey Stapleton’s office or if Corey Stapleton is found to be illegally meddling in the 2018 election, then all options will be pursued including court injunctions and we will explore recall of Secretary of State Stapleton.

2-16-603. Officers subject to recall — grounds for recall. (1) Any person holding a public office of the state or any of its political subdivisions, either by election or appointment, is subject to recall from office.
(2) A public officer holding an elective office may be recalled by the qualified electors entitled to vote for the elective officer’s successor. A public officer holding an appointive office may be recalled by the qualified electors entitled to vote for the successor or successors of the elective officer or officers who have the authority to appoint a person to that position.
(3) Physical or mental lack of fitness, incompetence, violation of the oath of office, official misconduct, or conviction of a felony offense enumerated in Title 45 are the only grounds for recall. A person may not be recalled for performing a mandatory duty of the office that the person holds or for not performing any act that, if performed, would subject the person to prosecution for official misconduct.

Our platform states the following on voter protections, Big Sky 55+ will work to:

  • Support registering as many eligible voters as possible and eliminate barriers to voting, including; conducting elections by mail-in ballots, providing polling stations in traditionally low turnout areas and providing election officials enough funding for conducting fair, efficient and accurate elections.
  • Oppose prohibitive voter ID laws, intimidation or other forms of harassment, particularly targeted to non-English speakers and voters of color; displaying false or misleading signs about voter fraud and the criminal penalties related thereto; and spreading false information about voter requirements or the need to present certain types of photo identification where no such requirement exists.
  • Oppose efforts to create barriers to voting and qualifying ballot measures.
  • Support prohibiting corporations from participating in elections in any form.

Recent examples of voter suppression across the country; include, Indiana purged 460,000 voters.

  • Georgia is holding on to 53,000 newly registered Black voters cards because of stringent verification laws.
  • North Dakota is disenfranchising over 46,000 Native Americans voters, by a recent ruling to uphold discriminatory voter ID laws.
  • Florida’s voter registration site went down two days before the deadline, and they never fixed it.

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