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Commissioners deciding whether to put partisan option on November ballot

Posted at 8:58 AM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-18 10:58:08-04

BOZEMAN, Mont.- Gallatin County has historically always had partisan local elections, but that could change come this November.

This year, the legislature gave counties the option to present voters with the option to make local elections nonpartisan.

On Tuesday, Gallatin County commissioners are deciding whether or not to put the issue on this November’s ballot.

“It makes sense in a lot of ways to be nonpartisan. There’s no reason that a treasurer or a clerk and recorder, or even the sheriff — you know, there’s really no reason whether they are Democrat or Republican. They do pretty specific jobs,” County Commissioner Joe Skinner said.

If the local elections were to move to nonpartisan, candidates could still run as a Democrat or Republican if they choose to but there would be no,  “R,” or “D,” next to their name on the ballot.