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Judge rejects Trump challenge to Montana’s mailed ballots


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Judge rejects Trump challenge to Montana’s mailed ballots

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday rejected an effort by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and Republican groups to block Montana counties from holding a mostly-by-mail general election, saying claims that the election could be marred by widespread voter fraud is “a fiction.”“When pressed during the hearing in this matter,…

Judge rejects Trump challenge to Montana’s mailed ballots

HELENA, Mont. (AP)– A federal judge in Montana on Wednesday declined an effort by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and Republican groups to obstruct Montana counties from holding a mostly-by-mail basic election, stating claims that the election might be marred by prevalent citizen scams is “a fiction.”

” When pressed throughout the hearing in this matter, the plaintiffs were compelled to yield that they can not indicate a single circumstances of voter scams in Montana in any election throughout the last 20 years,” U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen wrote.

He added: “Importantly, Montana’s use of mail ballots during the current main election did not give increase to a single report of citizen fraud.”

Almost three-quarters of Montana citizens have actually voted through a absentee tallies recently and county election administrators have experience running such elections, Christensen wrote.

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” Thus, there is no record of election fraud in Montana’s recent history, and it is extremely unlikely that fraud will take place throughout the November 3, 2020 general election, Christensen wrote. “This is a fact, which should supply convenience to all Montanans, despite their political persuasion, that … they will be taking part in a complimentary, reasonable and efficient election.”

Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, utilizing authority under his emergency declaration due to the COVID-19 pandemic, suspended the state law that prevents general elections from being held through all-mail ballots.

All 56 of Montana’s counties conducted the June primary by mail and 45 of them picked to do the exact same for the general election. Individuals will still have choices to vote in individual.

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