State of Montana

Montana Reproductive Rights and Democracy Ballot Initiatives Challenge

Montana Securing Reproductive Rights v. Jacobsen

Lawsuit filed by Montana Securing Reproductive Rights, the Chief Medical Officer of Planned Parenthood of Montana, Dr. Samuel Dickman, and Montanans for Election Reform Action Fund against Montana Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen (R) and the state of Montana challenging Jacobsen’s directive to reject the signatures of inactive voters on a ballot initiative to enshrine reproductive rights in the state constitution and create a statewide open primary system. On June 28, 2024, Jacobsen issued a directive instructing county officials to reject the signatures of any registered voters who are listed as “inactive” in the statewide voter database. The plaintiffs allege that this directive will lead to county officials rejecting thousands of signatures. They argue that Jacobsen’s directive denies lawfully registered voters the opportunity to support an initiative petition violating the state constitution. The plaintiffs ask the court to strike down Jacobsen’s directive and order her to restore the signatures of inactive voters

STATUS: The plaintiffs filed their complaint on July 10, 2024. Jacobsen has not responded yet.

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