L & C County approves nonpartisan elections for sheriff

November 6, 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Voters in Lewis and Clark County have approved nonpartisan elections for several offices including sheriff and county attorney starting with the 2020 elections.

Nearly 56% of voters approved removing party labels from candidates for offices including county treasurer/clerk and recorder, superintendent of schools, clerk of district court and seats on the county commission.

The candidates will appear on both Democrat and Republican primary ballots with the top two moving on to the general election.

Voters in Gallatin County rejected a similar proposal 55% to 45%.

The 2019 Legislature passed a bill allowing county governments to ask voters if they want to switch from partisan to nonpartisan elections for some offices. The law still allows candidates to use a party name or symbol in their campaign material.