ICYMI: Republicans bash Republican leadership over bad election bill

HELENA -- Once again Montana’s Republican Party made national news as party leadership tries to suppress voter turnout.

But this time, the attack on Republican leadership killing a bill that would save taxpayers money while increasing voter access came from within.

Rep. Geraldine Custer, R-Forsyth, appeared on “The Rachel Maddow Show” last night to express her frustration with her party leadership in the Montana Legislature trying to kill the bill championed by her and State Sen. Steve Fitzpatrick, R-Great Falls.

“I thought it would be a way to save money for the counties. It makes sense that everybody gets a ballot and votes,” Custer said.

Senate Bill 305, that would make the special election for the U.S. House race an all-mail ballot one. Even after MT GOP Chairman Jeff Essmann tried to kill it, it still passed through the Senate with Republican support.

But frustrations rose again when Republican House Speaker Austin Knudsen  sent the bill to the House Judiciary committee, essentially to kill it.

“It is disappointing the Republican establishment wants to waste up to $750,000 of taxpayer money instead of upholding the values of the party and fighting for fiscally responsible government.” - Fitzpatrick said. 

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