Serving four years as Montana secretary of state was the greatest honor of my life. In that first term in office, I was successful in securing passage of legislation that prohibits electronic voting machines and requires that paper ballots be used in all Montana elections. I also led Montana to become one of the first states in the country to fully comply with the 2002 Help America Vote Act.
I will build upon these achievements in my second term. I offer a four-point plan to strengthen the safeguards of our elections: (1) require voters to show government-issued photo identification at the polls when they vote; (2) eliminate election-day voter registration; (3) modernize and expedite the signature verification process for mail-in ballots; (4) create authority for the secretary of state, in concert with the attorney general, to investigate and prosecute election law violations.
We don’t have a rampant voter fraud problem in Montana, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make every reasonable effort to ensure the continued integrity of the process. My home has never been burglarized, but I still lock the door when I leave the house. While cases of voter fraud are sprouting up across the country, the current secretary has failed to implement any of these basic precautions to deter voter fraud. It’s time to take this issue more seriously.
I ask you for your vote on June 5 and look forward to the privilege of serving four more years as your secretary of state.