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Montana 2017 Ballot

Statewide and Local Sample Ballots In 2017

Sample ballots are specific to a given election district. They contain partisan and nonpartisan offices that may appear on a particular election's ballot. The Sample Ballot provides the order the contests and candidates will appear on the ballot. Most towns have only one sample ballot. However, there may be some municipalities with multiple ballots based on specific local races for an elected position.

Although sample ballots, in most states, are sent to voters in the mail, we would advise you contact your local election office for details on when you should expect to receive one in the mail.

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  • Ballot Questions
    November,8,2016
    Topic
    Ballot Title/Ballot Summary
    Criminal Justice

    Initiative-116: Initiative to Add Specific Rights for Crime Victims

    The rights enumerated include the right to participate in criminal and juvenile justice proceedings, to be notified of major developments in the criminal case, to be notified of changes to the offender's custodial status, to be present at court proceedings and provide input to the prosecutor before a plea agreement is finalized, and to be heard at plea or sentencing proceedings, or any process that may result in the offender's release. CI-116 guarantees crime victims' rights to restitution, privacy, to confer with the prosecuting attorney, and to be informed of their rights.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes318,98865.9 %
    No164,95334.1 %
    Animal Rights/Hunting & Fishing

    Initiative-177: Initiative to Prohibit Trapping and Snaring of Animals

    Prohibits the use of traps and snares for animals on any public lands within Montana and establishes misdemeanor criminal penalties for violations of the trapping prohibitions. I-177 allows the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks to use certain traps on public land when necessary if nonlethal methods have been tried and found ineffective. I-177 allows trapping by public employees and their agents to protect public health and safety, protect livestock and property, or conduct specified scientific and wildlife management activities.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes181,88037.2 %
    No307,16362.8 %
    Bond Measures | Health

    Initiative-181: Initiative to Establish the Montana Biomedical Research Authority

    Establishes the Montana Biomedical Research Authority to oversee and review grant applications for the purpose of promoting the development of therapies and cures for brain diseases and injuries and mental illnesses, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, brain cancer, dementia, traumatic brain injury and stroke. The grants, which are funded by state general obligation bonds, can be used to pay the costs of peer-reviewed biomedical research and therapy development, recruiting scientists and students and acquiring innovative technologies at Montana biomedical research organizations. I-181 provides specifics for the Montana Biomedical Research Authority’s membership, powers, staffing, grant eligibility and evaluation requirements, and reporting requirements.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes203,38642.4 %
    No276,76657.6 %
    Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco Policy

    Initiative-182: Initiative to Expand Access to Medical Marijuana

    Allows a single treating physician to certify medical marijuana for a patient diagnosed with chronic pain and includes post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a “debilitating medical condition” for which a physician may certify medical marijuana. Licensing requirements, fees and prohibitions are detailed for medical marijuana dispensaries and testing laboratories. I-182 repeals the limit of three patients for each licensed provider, and allows providers to hire employees to cultivate, dispense, and transport medical marijuana. I-182 repeals the requirement that physicians who provide certifications for 25 or more patients annually be referred to the board of medical examiners. I-182 removes the authority of law enforcement to conduct unannounced inspections of medical marijuana facilities, and requires annual inspections by the State.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes284,531 57.6 %
    No209,13842.4 %
    Offices Up For Elections
    Executive Branch
    President Of The United States -
    Governor - Incumbent Governor Steve Bullock (D) is seeking re-election.
    lieutenant - Democratic incumbents Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Governor Mike Cooney will compete with businessman Greg Gianforte (R) and his running mate, Lesley Robinson, in the November 8 general election.
    Legislative Branch
    State House - All 100 seats in the chamber are up for election in 2016.
    State Senate - A total of 25 seats out of the chamber's 50 seats are up for election in 2016
    US House - Voters will elect one candidate to serve in the U.S. House from the state's At-Large Congressional District.
    Judicial Branch
    Local Judges - The 43 judges of the Montana District Courts are chosen in nonpartisan elections for six-year terms.
    Candidates
    Montana Laws for voting for a write in candidate
    Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
    Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

    In Montana, a person seeking to be a write-in candidate for an office in any election must file a declaration of intent with the secretary of state no later than the 10th day before absentee ballots must be made available.

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    Montana Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(100)
    (41)(59)
    State Senators(50)
    (18)(32)
    US Representatives(1)
    (1)
    US Senators(2)
    (1)(1)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    When's The Next Election?

    UPCOMING DATES
    May 2, 2017
    Montana : School Election Special District Elections
    May 25, 2017
    Montana : Federal Special Election
    September 12, 2017
    Montana : MUNICIPAL PRIMARY NOMINATING ELECTION
    November 7, 2017
    Montana : MUNICIPAL GENERAL ELECTION