2017 Session - MONTANA 

Bad Bill Bob's Commentary on HB86

In previous sessions this bill failed. Here we go again.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
This bill will allow young folks ages 16-18 to serve as election judges. Though                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
the bill does not allow them to serve as a chief judge, it will still open the doors for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
our polling places to be 'run' by folks who are not qualified to vote.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
It is absolutely critical that the integrity of our election process be protected. To pass                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
a law that allows non-qualified electors to serve as election judges is heading down                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
the wrong path. This bill should serve as a sharp reminder that our state's                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Clerk and Recorders are needing help. It is time for all citizens who are qualified to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
vote to step up to the plate and volunteer - thus making this bill unneeded.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
This is not an original idea.  In fact, it comes from Chicago, Illinois, from a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
non-profit group called Mikav Challenge.  During this last Presidential election cycle,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
a group called ACORN was proven to be involved in election fraud.  If something                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
like a disputed election happened in Montana, could a minor election judge be held                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
for legal recourse in a court of law?   In certain circumstances a minor s signature                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
is not legal.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Election judges have to sign many legal documents.  Is it legal for a minor to do this?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
What are the child labor laws regarding how many hours a minor can work in a day?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Most elections, election judges can put in over 16 hours per day.