House Bill No. 439
Introduced By _______________________________________________________________________________
A Bill for an Act entitled: "An Act allowing students who participate in the youth voting act to cast their ballots at a location other than a regular polling place; and amending sections 13-22-104 and 13-22-106, MCA."
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Montana:
Section 1. Section 13-22-104, MCA, is amended to read:
"13-22-104. Program development. (1) The secretary of state and the superintendent of public instruction shall compile a program and establish a process whereby:
(a) students are instructed on the electoral process, the importance of voting, and how to mark and cast a ballot;
(b) students are educated about current issues in a manner appropriate for each grade level involved;
(c) students cast facsimile or mock ballots at a location designated as a youth voting location or while accompanying
parents an eligible voter to a polling places place during regular elections; and
(d) ballots cast by students at elections are counted and the results are made available to all participating schools.
(2) The program must be presented to participating schools in a nonpartisan, nonbiased, and informative manner."
Section 2. Section 13-22-106, MCA, is amended to read:
"13-22-106. Polling place procedures. (1) The secretary of state and the superintendent of public instruction shall work with participating schools or county election officials, as necessary, to provide that:
(a) facsimile or mock ballots are distributed to
polling places in counties with participating schools locations designated as
youth voting locations;
(b) participating students accompanied by
a parent or an eligible voter are allowed to cast ballots in the youth election at
regular polling places; and
(c) student ballots are counted and the results are announced to the participating schools.
(2) The provisions of this section must be carried out in a manner that will not interfere with the normal voting process or established polling place procedures."