As deadline approaches, Montana provides guidance on ballot initiatives amid pandemic

The coronavirus has altered yet another thing — ballot initiatives.


Montana’s secretary of state has determined that MTCARES, the group behind a ballot initiative that would require 80% of the state’s energy come from renewable sources by 2034, can mail in non-notarized signatures to qualify for the November ballot.


The decision came shortly after a Montana judge ruled that New Approach Montana, which is seeking to legalize recreational marijuana, couldn’t collect electronic signatures to qualify its two initiatives, I-119 and CI-118.