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HELEN, Mont. (AP) – Montana’s office of the secretary of state has yet to update its website to reflect the restoration of Election Day voter registration, more than three weeks after a court ruling temporarily blocked a Republican attempt to impose more restrictive election laws.

Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen on Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court to stay District Court Judge Michael Moses’ decision, saying it upsets nearly a year of voter education, training election administrators and rules “that have been successfully applied in three elections over the past year.”


Moses said same-day voter registration would remain in effect for the June 7 primary election because the law that changed it appeared unconstitutional, as did other laws implementing voting restrictions passed by the government. Legislature last year.

In a Thursday afternoon check, the voter information website still said voter registration ends at noon the day before Election Day, under a law passed by the 2021 legislature at the request of Jacobsen.

Jacobsen also asked the High Court to stay Moses’ ruling which temporarily blocks a law that would have required additional information from those who wanted to use student cards as identification when voting.

Implementing the new electoral laws and educating citizens about them involved broadcasting more than 32,000 public service announcements on television and radio stations, sending a letter to every voter registrant noting the new registration deadline, the release of updated training materials and changes to the administrative rules governing elections, Jacobsen said. .

Moses rejected that argument earlier this month, saying “the court does not find it persuasive that the secretary took steps to enact these laws as it is a duty of her job.”

Moïse’s decision also temporarily blocked a law that would have banned the paid collection of mail-in ballots. Jacobsen does not seek to suspend this decision.