Groups urge Montana to change requirements for ballot signatures

Groups in Montana collecting signatures to get ballot initiatives included in the November election are pushing the governor and secretary of state to eliminate requirements for in-person signature gathering and notarization.

New Approach Montana, a group working to legalize recreational marijuana, has sued Secretary of State Corey Stapleton over the state’s prohibition on electronic signature collection.

The group is requesting that Montana’s First Judicial District Court make a one-time exemption to the state laws requiring in-person signature gathering. The group is also asking the state court to postpone the deadline to submit signatures from June 19 to Aug. 3.