State of Montana

Montana Voter Suppression Bill (Forward Montana)

Forward Montana v. Montana

Forward Montana, an elected county attorney and a group of local Montana lawyers sued the state challenging the passage of a law, Senate Bill 319, that bans voter registration and education activities on public college campuses and requires judges to recuse themselves from cases if a party or attorney before them donated to their campaign. The complaint alleges that this law violates the First Amendment and multiple provisions of the Montana Constitution, which does not allow bills to contain multiple subjects and prohibits substantive changes of a bill’s purpose as it goes through the legislative process. The court granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting the state from enforcing the challenged provisions while the case proceeds, finding that it “is necessary in this instance to preserve the status quo and to prevent irreparable injury to Plaintiffs.”

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