Resolution #2012-10 Nonpartisan Primary Elections

Under current law, municipal governments are required to conduct city-wide primary elections if there are three or more candidates for more than half the offices on the ballot.  This law (13-14-115 MCA) does not account for the possibility that there may be several wards in a city where there are fewer than three candidates.

Recommendation:  MLCT will support legislation that would require primary elections only in those wards where there are more than three candidates.  The purpose of this bill would be to save the costs of conducting meaningless primary elections.