Posted: Jan 26, 2013 1:22 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
HELENA - A House committee has approved a bill that would end same-day voter registration in Montana.
The State Administration Committee approved House Bill 30 on a party line vote of 11-7 to end voter registration at 5 p.m. on the Friday before an election.
Supporters of the bill say it would end a chaotic situation for county elections officials. It's estimated that nearly 8,000 voters statewide registered on election day last November, causing delays in counting results. But opponents say it limits the rights of every citizen to vote.
The bill now goes to the House floor for debate.
The committee also voted to effectively kill another controversial election bill that would require voters to show state-approved Identification cards before casting their ballots.
Three Republicans crossed party lines as the committee voted 10-8 to table the measure.