House Bill No. 85
Introduced By harper
By Request of the Secretary of State
A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act specifying that the commissioner of political practices shall notify the secretary of state or the election administrator of noncompliance with campaign practice laws before certain deadlines related to ballot certification; and amending section
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:
Section 1. Section 13-37-126, MCA, is amended to read:
"13-37-126. Names not to be printed on ballot. (1) The name of a candidate may not be printed on the official ballot for an election if the candidate or a political treasurer for a candidate fails to file any statement or report as required by this chapter.
(2) A vacancy on an official ballot under this section may be filled in the manner provided by law, but not by the name of the same candidate.
(3) In carrying out the mandate of this section, the commissioner
must shall, by a written statement, notify the secretary of
state or the election administrator that a candidate or a candidate's treasurer has not complied with the provisions of this
chapter, as described in subsection (1), and that a candidate's name should not be printed on the official ballot. The
commissioner shall provide this notification by the ballot certification deadline provided in 13-10-208 for primary elections
and by no later than 7 days before the ballot certification deadline provided in 13-12-201 for general elections."