Montana Secretary of State

Proposed 2022 Ballot Issues

A citizen proposed ballot issue can only appear on the federal general election ballot once the proposed language has fulfilled three requirements. First, the language must be submitted to Montana’s Legislative Services Division. Second, the Montana Attorney General must conduct a legal review. Finally, after the review process is complete, and the sponsor has been notified by the Secretary of State of the approval or rejection of the ballot issue, the sponsor must collect sufficient verified signatures from qualified voters in Montana. Propose a ballot issue »

Initiative or referendum for the ballot – Signatures must be obtained from 5 percent of the total number of qualified voters in Montana (based on the number of votes cast for the office of governor in the last general election), including 5 percent of the voters in each of 34 legislative house districts.

Constitutional amendment by initiative – Signatures must be obtained from 10 percent of the total number of qualified voters in Montana (based on the number of votes cast for the office of governor in the last general election), including 10 percent of the voters in each of 40 legislative house districts.

ISSUES QUALIFIED FOR THE 2022 GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT

C-48 (SB 203)

Subject: “An act submitting to the qualified electors of Montana an amendment to Article II, Section 11, of the Montana Constitution to explicitly include electronic data and communications in search and seizure protections.”
Type: Constitutional Amendment
Status: Legislature referred SB 203 to the 2022 General Election Ballot.
Fiscal Note: No fiscal note.

LR-131 (HB 167)

Subject: “An act adopting the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act; providing that infants born alive, including infants born alive after an abortion, are legal persons; requiring health care providers to take necessary actions to preserve the life of a born-alive infant; providing a penalty; providing that the proposed act be submitted to the qualified electors of Montana; and providing an effective date.”
Type: Legislative Referendum
Status: Legislature referred HB 167 to the 2022 General Election Ballot.
Fiscal Note: No fiscal note.

LR-132 (HB 325)

Subject: “An act establishing supreme court districts; providing for the selection of the chief justice; providing that the proposed act be submitted to the electorate at the 2022 general election; amending section 3-2-101, MCA; and providing an effective date and an applicability date.”
Type: Legislative Referendum
Status: Legislature referred HB 325 to the 2022 General Election Ballot.
Fiscal Note: No fiscal note.

SUBMITTED BALLOT ISSUES FOR THE 2022 GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT

Ballot Issue #1
Subject:  Multiple Subjects in an Initiative. To amend Montana’s Constitution so that in the event the two major political parties fail to publicly agree on the winner of a United States presidential election within seven days after such election, the initiative petition process may be used by voters to propose amendments to the state Constitution, and requiring a vote on any such petitions
In addition, any initiative petition submitted satisfying the requirements of an initiative petition within three years after such election, shall be submitted to the voters for a vote at the sooner of (a) sixty days after approval of this initiative, or (b) the next general election
Type: Constitutional Initiative
Submission #1: 11/11/2020
Status: Waiting on submitter response to Legislative Services Division correspondence sent on 11/20/2020.
Submitter: Arthur Taylor

Ballot Issue #2
Subject: To amend Montana’s Constitution with a finding that the United States of America has effectively collapsed, ceases to exist, or is no longer functional.
Type: Constitutional Initiative
Submission #1: 11/11/2020
Status: Waiting on submitter response to Legislative Services Division correspondence sent on 11/20/2020.
Submitter: Arthur Taylor

Ballot Issue #3
Subject: To amend Montana’s Constitution so that in the event the United States of America ceases to exist or is no longer functional, a new national government shall be established, providing basic law and order to its inhabitants, and allowing its citizens to make for themselves important decisions at the state and local level, rather than at the national level.
Type: Constitutional Initiative
Submission #1: 11/11/2020
Status: Waiting on submitter response to Legislative Services Division correspondence sent on 11/20/2020.
Submitter: Arthur Taylor

Ballot Issue #4
Subject: joins the State of Montana in a compact with other states that requires the member states to commit their electoral votes for President of the United States to the candidate who receives the most overall votes (national popular vote). I-[] would become effective when the states in the compact have a combined total of more than 269 electoral votes.
Type: Initiative
Submission #1: 12/24/2020
Status: Waiting on submitter response to Legislative Services Division correspondence sent on 01/06/2021.
Submitter: Connor Brantley and James Keyes

Ballot Issue #5
Subject: Multiple subjects in an initiative. To amend Montana’s Constitution so that it (a) clarifies the Federal Government duty to uphold the rights of Montana citizens under the U.S. Constitution, including the Bill of Rights and all other provisions, (b) identifies breaches by the Federal Government, and (c) affirms Montana’s right to assess the severity and consequences of such breaches. In addition, to amend Montana’s Constitution so that it includes the Bill of Rights as part of the State Constitution.
Type: Initiative
Submission #1: 2/11/2021
Status: Pending submitter clarification if this is an amended or new submission.
Submitter: Arthur Taylor

Ballot Issue #6
Subject
: Divides Montana into two states subject to approval by Congress. Assigns each county to one of two contiguous states, unless county voters approve reassignment to a different state and the state approves. Establishes commission to settle Montana’s financial affairs after division; upon failure to resolve, each state would retain assets within its boundaries and would receive a proportionate distribution of Montana’s debts based on population. Authorizes counties to refuse to provide State-mandated programs and services absent sufficient State reimbursement. Empowers counties to make and enforce all laws governing local affairs.
Type: Constitutional Amendment
Submission #1: 4/16/2021
Submission #2: 5/8/2021
Submission #3: 5/26/2021
Submission #4: 7/4/2021
Status: Waiting on submitter response to Legislative Services correspondence.
Submitter: Jordan F. Ophus

Ballot Issue #7
Subject: Referendum _ asks Montana voters to repeal HB273 for five reasons: In 1978, Montana voters approved Initiative-80, “Nuclear Vote” by 65% to 35%. I-80 authorized a statewide election to approve or reject nuclear power facilities that generated 50 megawatts of electricity or more and had received certification via Montana’s Major Facility Siting Act. I-80 contained strict owner liability and safety requirements. For 43 years, Montana voters had the right to approve or reject large nuclear power facilities prior to construction. HB273 repealed I-80 with an immediate effective date. Sections repealed: 75-20-1201 through 1205 MCA and Sections amended: 75-1-207, 75-2-103, 75-5-103, 75-20-104, 75-20-201, MCA.
Type: Initiative Referendum
Submission #1: 5/28/2021
Submission #2:  6/18/2021
Status: SOS referral to Attorney General for legal sufficiency review.
Submitter: Carole Mackin

If you observe and have concerns about questionable signature gathering, you may file a complaint with the Secretary of State, who will forward each complaint to the appropriate county official.  See signature gathering information »

Note: The subject of a ballot issue may be paraphrased on this page. For ballot issues approved for signature gathering or qualified for the ballot, see the link for the statement that appears on the ballot.

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