State Bureau Reporter
Two Republicans and three Democrats have so far announced their candidacies for the yet-to-be-drawn district.
Montana is on pace for 2021 to soon eclipse the number of COVID-19 deaths it suffered in 2020, a year vaccines weren't available.
In September, 86 of the state’s 98 GOP lawmakers signed a letter seeking a special committee to review the state's election laws.
The state Democratic Party and the candidate committee for U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., along with Macee Patritti, a 19-year-old University of Montana student, filed the complaint Tuesday.
Unsubstantiated election claims made by Republicans at the national level have filtered down to Montana, despite the state GOP's historic success in the 2020 general election.
“Our members travel a long ways, so when they get here I want them to get everything taken care of,” Molly Wendland, the tribe’s health director, said.
It's the second lawsuit challenging Montana's "vaccine discrimination" law, which is the only such law in the country that applies the prohibition to the private sector.
The two GOP leaders also raised the possibility of a special session to address election issues, requesting an estimate of how much that would cost.
The letter, signed by 86 of the state's 98 GOP lawmakers, was spearheaded by Republican lawmakers who are pushing theories of widespread voting fraud in the 2020 election.
DOA spokesperson Belinda Adams said the department is not considering suspending or reversing its order that employees return to their on-site workplaces as of Sept. 7.