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Resolution 2016-20, Uncontested City Elections


It is the intent of the Montana Association of Counties to support efforts of the Montana League of Cities and Towns to cancel uncontested local government (cities and counties) elections.

WHEREAS, there is disagreement among state and local officials as to whether or not cities have the legal authority to cancel uncontested city general elections; and

WHEREAS, Montana citizens, taxpayers and voters often question the necessity and expense of holding elections for which there are no contested races; and

WHEREAS, these citizens often complain of being mailed such ballots; and

WHEREAS, The Montana League of Cities and Towns will be seeking legislation to clearly allow municipalities to cancel uncontested elections; and

WHEREAS, the county clerks and recorders and election administrators are responsible for administering city elections; and

WHEREAS, the Montana Association of Counties believes Montana’s cities should be able to cancel such elections.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Association of Counties supports efforts of the Montana League of Cities and Towns to cancel uncontested local government (cities and counties) elections.

2016 ACTION

SPONSOR:  Richland County
REFERRED TO: MACo Resolutions & Legislative Committee
ADOPTED:  Annual Conference, Billings, MT, September 21, 2016