Great Falls, Montana

Electioneering noun the activity of trying to persuade people to vote for a particular political party.

The blatantly partisan slant of our Cascade County Elections Office has been a disturbing constant since the 2022 election and take over by the new Clerk and Recorder Sandra Merchant and her election conspiracy theory crowd. For example, last spring, the office had anti-library levy materials ahead of the library levy vote. Furthermore, it was reported to us that several cars parked in the parking lot had these stickers:

No Library Levy with a red circle and slash across the words

Despite the ironic double negative, this sticker was distributed by opponents of the library levy.

The logo on these bumper stickers were associated with the “Liberty and Values MT” group that we wrote about previously when their hateful billboards went up around town. 

Anti Library Levy billboard

These hateful billboards were up around Great Falls ahead of the Spring 2023 library levy.

What are they up to now?

Despite all of the public pushback and oversight, the Elections Office continues to act inappropriately and unethically.

As of February 16, 2024, the Elections office has several Bible verses and elephant figurines visibly decorating the space. BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE. Prominently displayed was this completely unacceptable photo. 

Do our “leaders” think this is an acceptable decoration in an Elections Office?

Yeah, let’s not pretend to misunderstand what a photo with the words “train them up young” and a child hugging an elephant means. This is beyond unacceptable electioneering. Utterly unethical bullshit. An elections officer holds one of the most important roles in our country’s free and fair elections. Citizens deserve a neutral space for their participation in the democratic process. 

Join us in letting our county commissioners know that we won’t stand for these materials to be displayed in OUR elections office. They need to come down immediately.

You can email the Cascade County Commissioners directly at: [email protected]