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HOUSE BILL NO. 175
INTRODUCED BY K. GILLAN
AN ACT PROVIDING THAT A DECLARATION FOR NOMINATION AND A DECLARATION OF INTENT FOR A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE MAY BE SENT BY FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION, DELIVERED IN PERSON, OR MAILED TO THE ELECTION ADMINISTRATOR OR TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE; AMENDING SECTIONS 13-10-201 AND 13-10-211, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN IMMEDIATE EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 13-10-201, MCA, is amended to read:
"13-10-201. Declaration for nomination. (1) Each candidate in the primary election, except nonpartisan candidates filing under the provisions of chapter 14, shall send a declaration for nomination to the secretary of state or election administrator. Each candidate for governor shall send a joint declaration for nomination with a candidate for lieutenant governor.
(2) A declaration for nomination must be filed in the office of:
(a) the secretary of state for placement of a name on the ballot for the presidential preference primary, a congressional office, a state or district office to be voted for in more than one county, a member of the legislature, or a judge of the district court;
(b) the election administrator for a county, municipal, precinct, or district office (other than a member of the legislature or judge of the district court) to be voted for in only one county.
(3) Each candidate shall sign the declaration and send with it the required filing fee or, in the case of an indigent
candidate, send with it the documents required by 13-10-203. The declaration for nomination must be acknowledged by an
officer empowered to acknowledge signatures
if sent by mail or by the officer of the office at which the filing is made.
(4) The declaration, when filed, is conclusive evidence that the elector is a candidate for nomination by the elector's party.
(5) (a) The declaration for nomination must be in the form and contain the information prescribed by the secretary of state.
(b) A person seeking nomination to the legislature shall provide the secretary of state with a street address, legal description, or road designation to indicate the person's place of residence. If a candidate for the legislature changes residence, the candidate shall, within 15 days after the change, notify the secretary of state on a form prescribed by the secretary of state.
(c) The secretary of state and election administrator shall furnish declaration for nomination forms to individuals requesting them.
(6) Declarations for nomination must be filed no sooner than 135 days before the election in which the office first appears on the ballot and no later than 5 p.m., 75 days before the date of the primary election.
(7) A declaration for nomination form may be sent by facsimile transmission, if a facsimile facility is available for use by the election administrator or by the secretary of state, delivered in person, or mailed to the election administrator or to the secretary of state."
Section 2. Section 13-10-211, MCA, is amended to read:
"13-10-211. Declaration of intent for write-in candidates. (1) Except as provided in subsection (4), a person seeking to become a write-in candidate for an office in any election shall file a declaration of intent. The declaration of intent must be filed with the secretary of state or election administrator, depending on where a declaration of nomination for the desired office is required to be filed under 13-10-201, or with the school district clerk for a school district office. Except as provided in subsection (2), the declaration must be filed no later than 5 p.m. on the 15th day before the election and must contain:
(a) (i) the candidate's first and last names;
(ii) the candidate's initials, if any, used instead of a first name, or first and middle name, and the candidate's last name;
(iii) the candidate's nickname, if any, used instead of a first name, and the candidate's last name; and
(iv) a derivative or diminutive name, if any, used instead of a first name, and the candidate's last name;
(b) the candidate's mailing address;
(c) a statement declaring the candidate's intention to be a write-in candidate;
(d) the title of the office sought;
(e) the date of the election;
(f) the date of the declaration; and
(g) the candidate's signature.
(2) A declaration of intent may be filed after the deadline provided for in subsection (1) but no later than 5 p.m. on the day before the election if, less than 15 days before the election, a candidate for the office that the write-in candidate is seeking:
(b) withdraws from the election; or
(c) is charged with a felony offense.
(3) The secretary of state shall notify each election administrator of the names of write-in candidates who have filed a declaration of intent with the secretary of state. Each election administrator and school district clerk shall notify the election judges in the county or district of the names of write-in candidates who have filed a declaration of intent.
(4) The requirements in subsection (1) do not apply to a write-in candidate seeking election:
(a) as a precinct officer in a primary election; or
(b) to an office for which no candidate has filed a declaration or petition for nomination or a declaration of intent.
(5) A declaration of intent may be sent by facsimile transmission, if a facsimile facility is available for use by the election administrator or by the secretary of state, delivered in person, or mailed to the election administrator or to the secretary of state."
Section 3. Effective date. [This act] is effective on passage and approval.
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