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Political committee cleared in Election Day charge

By Associated Press
Published On: Jul 29 2013 04:01:13 PM MDT
HELENA, Mont. -

The commissioner of political practices says a political group is not to blame when voters leave guides in the election booth.
    
The issue arose from a November complaint filed by an election judge in Busby, on the Northern Cheyenne reservation. The judge found copies of the voting guide from the group Montana Native Vote.
    
The group was handing out the guide on Election Day outside the precinct.
    
But Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl says the group's representative properly followed law by standing at least 100 feet from the precinct doors.
    
He said in a decision released Monday the group can't be blamed for voters leaving the guide behind after they are done voting.
    
Motl says the election judge acted appropriately by gathering up left-behind guides when she saw them.