HB 86 seeks to allow youth elections judges - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

HB 86 seeks to allow youth elections judges

Posted: Updated:
GREAT FALLS -

Representative Kathy Swanson of Anaconda has introduced House Bill 86, which seeks to allow youth to serve as election judges.

The Montana Secretary of state’s website describes an election judge in Montana as someone who helps ensure the state’s elections remain secure, fair, accurate and accessible to all voters.

In other words, they serve as an election officer or “inspector.”

This is what HB 86 proposes the following:

  • Youth election judge must be 16-18 years old at time of election
  • Be a Montana resident living in the county they would be serving
  • Must have written consent from parent/guardian
  • Must have written consent from school principal
  • The number of youth election judges may not exceed the number of assigned election judges to each precinct.

We asked Great Falls High school AP Government teacher Gregg Dart and student body President Cade Habel their thoughts on youth being more involved in the election process.

Both agree it would be a great learning opportunity.

"Getting that direct influence I think is a great gateway into showing we have that voice,” Habel said. “And you're looking at a generation that can turn the outcome of an election just by sheer numbers alone."

Dart said, "I'm sure it's hard to find election judges. I mean every two years it's a large group of people that have to be selected, and we have a wonderful who would love to get out of a day of school on top of learning about how the election process works."

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Glacier National Park prepares for winter

    Glacier National Park prepares for winter

    Friday, September 22 2017 5:24 PM EDT2017-09-22 21:24:27 GMT

    West Glacier, MT - Glacier National Park has began the winterizing process to prepare for the fall and winter seasons. A press release from the park states all the hotels operated by Glacier National Park Lodges inside the park are now closed for the season. 

    West Glacier, MT - Glacier National Park has began the winterizing process to prepare for the fall and winter seasons. A press release from the park states all the hotels operated by Glacier National Park Lodges inside the park are now closed for the season. 

  • UPDATE: Deputy recounts moment he realized trapped truck driver was alive

    UPDATE: Deputy recounts moment he realized trapped truck driver was alive

    Saturday, September 23 2017 3:52 PM EDT2017-09-23 19:52:10 GMT

    A Park County Deputy is being hailed as a hero on Facebook after coming to the rescue of a man trapped inside the cab of his rolled over semi-truck Friday morning. He shares what was going through his mind when he realized the truck driver was alive.

    A Park County Deputy is being hailed as a hero on Facebook after coming to the rescue of a man trapped inside the cab of his rolled over semi-truck Friday morning. He shares what was going through his mind when he realized the truck driver was alive.

  • Griz can't hold second half lead, lose to EWU 48-41

    Griz can't hold second half lead, lose to EWU 48-41

    Sunday, September 24 2017 1:05 AM EDT2017-09-24 05:05:05 GMT

    Things were looking great going into halftime for the Montana Grizzlies. Up 24-6 on the number 11th ranked Eastern Washington Eagles, the Griz were feeling good. 

    Things were looking great going into halftime for the Montana Grizzlies. Up 24-6 on the number 11th ranked Eastern Washington Eagles, the Griz were feeling good. 

  • What is happening to Browning?

    What is happening to Browning?

    Thursday, September 21 2017 8:18 PM EDT2017-09-22 00:18:18 GMT

    What's happening to the town of Browning? According to Tribal Chairman Harry Barns, Browning doesn't exist anymore as a town. Here is a little history, in 20-15 the Browning City Council announced they were bankrupt. 

    What's happening to the town of Browning? According to Tribal Chairman Harry Barns, Browning doesn't exist anymore as a town. Here is a little history, in 20-15 the Browning City Council announced they were bankrupt. 

  • Over 1,000 jobs listed for Great Falls

    Over 1,000 jobs listed for Great Falls

    Saturday, September 23 2017 7:22 PM EDT2017-09-23 23:22:10 GMT
    Brett Doney, President of the Great Falls Development Authority, said there are hundreds if not thousands of openings right here in the Great Falls. Whether you looking for a part-time gig or all the way up to a city position there is something our there for you they need our help getting the word out to get money in your pocket. He said website like SimplyHire, Indeed and SnagAJob has over 1,000 jobs listed and there are even more listed though out the city. Doney said if you need h...
    Brett Doney, President of the Great Falls Development Authority, said there are hundreds if not thousands of openings right here in the Great Falls. Whether you looking for a part-time gig or all the way up to a city position there is something our there for you they need our help getting the word out to get money in your pocket. He said website like SimplyHire, Indeed and SnagAJob has over 1,000 jobs listed and there are even more listed though out the city. Doney said if you need h...
  • NewsMore>>

  • 911 transcripts from officer involved shooting released

    911 transcripts from officer involved shooting released

    Thursday, September 21 2017 8:54 PM EDT2017-09-22 00:54:24 GMT

    Today, the 911 transcripts for the officer involved shooting that left one man dead have been released. 

    Today, the 911 transcripts for the officer involved shooting that left one man dead have been released. 

  • 2 are dead after pickup collides with school bus

    2 are dead after pickup collides with school bus

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 8:51 PM EDT2017-09-20 00:51:49 GMT

    Two people were killed Tuesday morning after a pickup truck collided with a school bus near Glasgow.

    Two people were killed Tuesday morning after a pickup truck collided with a school bus near Glasgow.

  • Celebrating our public lands

    Celebrating our public lands

    Saturday, September 23 2017 7:33 PM EDT2017-09-23 23:33:35 GMT
    In honor of National Public Land Day the Giant Springs State Park was set to host what was supposed to be a fun filled day full of events but it did not go quite as planned. This was a day to dedicated to give thanks to our public land that we love and cherish but because of the cold weather and low registration the event had to be canceled. One ranger says even thought the event had to be canceled Montana Public Lands still provides us with a sanctuary that always gives us a peace o...
    In honor of National Public Land Day the Giant Springs State Park was set to host what was supposed to be a fun filled day full of events but it did not go quite as planned. This was a day to dedicated to give thanks to our public land that we love and cherish but because of the cold weather and low registration the event had to be canceled. One ranger says even thought the event had to be canceled Montana Public Lands still provides us with a sanctuary that always gives us a peace o...
  • Group travels across country by bike to raise awareness for mental health

    Group travels across country by bike to raise awareness for mental health

    Saturday, September 23 2017 7:24 PM EDT2017-09-23 23:24:34 GMT

    One group pedaling their way across the country to help raise awareness for suicide and mental health, made a stop in great falls today. We met them early this morning before they left for Stanford. Light the trail is a project by the Jordan Elizabeth Harris foundation to light the way for people suffering in the darkness of depression. The group of riders is pedaling their way across the country following Lewis and Clark’s original path. “The reason we are doing tha...

    One group pedaling their way across the country to help raise awareness for suicide and mental health, made a stop in great falls today. We met them early this morning before they left for Stanford. Light the trail is a project by the Jordan Elizabeth Harris foundation to light the way for people suffering in the darkness of depression. The group of riders is pedaling their way across the country following Lewis and Clark’s original path. “The reason we are doing tha...

Powered by Frankly
Copyright - All content © 2001 - 2017. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.