2018 Voter Guide
Welcome to the 2018 MontPIRG Voter Guide! This page will direct you to resources about candidates running for office in Montana (all listed in alphabetical order) as well as information about the ballot initiatives Montanans will vote on this fall.
This is an incredibly important election, so make sure you are registered and ready to vote ahead of the November 6th election!
U.S. Senate Candidates (6 Year Term)
U.S. House Candidates (2 Year Term)
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER #1 (4 Year Term)
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER #5 (4 Year Term)
BALLOT ISSUE: LR-128 - The 6-MILL LEVY
Since 1948, Montanans have kept their commitment to future generations by approving the 6-Mill levy, increasing opportunity for students, communities and Montana's economy. Voters will decide on the 6-mill levy during the general election in 2018.
The money from the levy goes towards supporting, maintaining and improving the university system's four-year colleges.
The 6-Mill Levy ensures the university system is accessible to all and drives economic growth. As Montana businesses continue to look to the university system to provide a well-educated, skilled workforce, the 6-Mill Levy allows students to pursue their professional goals while preparing themselves to be competitive.
BALLOT ISSUE: LR-129 - LIMIT WHO CAN DELIVER YOUR BALLOT
LR-129 would limit who is able to help you return your mail ballot to the elections office. Limiting options will limit who is able to vote. Without the help of a trusted neighbor, single parents working multiple jobs, people with disabilities, and folk in the military will have few options to have their voice heard. LR-129 is an unneeded effort to tell you who to trust with your ballot.
BALLOT ISSUE: I-185 - INCREASE TOBACCO TAX TO FUND HEALTHCARE FOR LOW INCOME MONTANANS
Every year, 400 kids in Montana become daily smokers and 1,600 of our neighbors die from smoking. This initiative will prevent nearly 100,000 Montanans from losing their health coverage, provide funds for veterans’ suicide prevention, health services to help seniors and people with disabilities stay in their homes, and services to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit.
BALLOT ISSUE: I-186 - REQUIRE NEW MINES TO PROVE THEY WON'T CREATE PERPETUAL POLLUTION
Toxic pollution from mines – including arsenic, lead and mercury – contaminates our rivers, lakes and streams while threatening public health through our drinking water. When mining companies file for bankruptcy and leave their toxic waste behind, Montana taxpayers get stuck with clean-up costs.
I-186 will ensure that new mines in Montana operate responsibly. It will hold mining companies accountable and no longer allow them to leave behind a toxic mess requiring perpetual treatment of water contaminated by acid mine drainage and heavy metals.
MISSOULA OPEN SPACE BOND AND LEVY
Missoula County residents have a tradition of protecting and caring for our open space, water and family farms and ranches. Access to rivers and trails are major part of our quality of life. Our communities are shaped by our shared conservation values, as well as by the recreational and economic opportunities provided by publicly accessible open space.
But the 2006 open space bond funds are nearly gone, and there is still critical conservation work to do to protect land, water and farmland for future generations. Passing a renewed county Open Space Bond and City Stewardship Levy ensures we can protect our quality of life, access to rivers and trails, and our agricultural heritage as Missoula County continues to grow into the future.