Lauralee O’Neil NorthWest Liberty News January 12, 2019
The results of the 2018 mid-term election were fairly clear-cut. The Democrats had to win the Senate seat and re-elect Jon Tester (D-Montana) for a third term. They went about it with a vengeance, bringing in huge campaign funds, spending $17,946,600.61. According to the Associated Press report, Tester ranked No. 1 in money received from lobbyists.
Tester’s Republican rival, Matt Rosendale, told backers that his campaign had been functioning “hand to mouth” and had been “outspent by millions of dollars.”
Tester won all of the largest cities in Montana, capturing Missoula, Great Falls, Bozeman, Butte and Helena. And, he triumphed on every Native American Reservation in Montana, numbering five large and two smaller reservations.
Now it gets really interesting
In 2018 over there were 712,000 registered voters in Montana. Of these, 497,393 ballots were cast in 2018. And of these votes, a mind-boggling 369,000 were by absentee ballot. That’s a whopping 74% of ballots cast via the absentee ballot system. To say this is a virtual impossibility is putting it mildly. No election prior to 2018 was even close.
The DNC had a good reason for pursuing Montana
Although sometimes touted as a ‘moderate’, Tester is a solid voter for every Democrat issue, particularly regarding Immigration Reform. He can also likely be counted on to re- introduce legislation to pass the extremely controversial CSKT Water Compact, jeopardizing Montana water rights by granting off-reservation water rights to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe.
Jon Tester notoriously a great friend of ‘Indian Country’
Because state election laws do not apply at polling precincts on some Montana Indian Reservations, suspicious voter fraud occurred in Tester’s 2006 election to the U.S. Senate.
“Montana, we won this doggone thing. And we won because of you.”As former chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, the results of the 2018 race show that voters on reservations paid a key role in re-electing Tester, despite his vulnerability. President Trump, who won his presidency by a 20% margin in 2016, came to Montana four times during the 2018 election cycle, speaking to huge and enthusiastic crowds in support of Tester’s opponent, Matt Rosendale. Yet the results of the Native vote played a key role in tipping the scales.
In the months leading up to this week’s registration deadline, Renee LaPlant has registered voters in the Blackfeet Nation in northwest Montana wherever she can: at grocery stores, public events or even at people’s homes on the Native American reservation. Each time she registers new voters, she asks whether they will want her to collect their completed ballot and turn it in to their local county clerk and recorder’s office or courthouse.
LaPlant, an organizer for Western Native Voice, a local nonpartisan social justice group, says, “If you’re worried about it, I can take care of that process for them.”
Hundreds of absentee ballots are gathered every election, statewide and in tribal areas, often door to door by Democrat operatives, and bundled for counting. Many of these are ballots have falsified names, whereabouts unknown, or using names of the deceased. This is called Voter Harvesting.
Other voting issues of grave concern
One reported issue occurred in Missoula where a voting machine ‘went down’ at 3 a.m. and wasn’t restored until 10 a.m. Secondly, Missoula County absentee ballots were not scanned, as state law restricts when absentee ballots can be counted—a circumstance that resulted in votes still being counted days after the Nov. 6th election. This is unlikely to change anytime soon, according to Associated Press interviews with election officials across the state. Also suspicious is the fact that Missoula County population was 56,000 (according to the 2010 Census) yet 50,000 ballots were cast in 2018.
It seems clear that Montana has something that Democrats want, and the ballot box is one way of securing it, even if that means using voter fraud and collusion.