3 Things To Watch On Election Day

Tanner Avery

Director of The Center for New Frontiers

Tanner Avery
/ Blog
November 3, 2022

3 Things To Watch On Election Day

"But regardless of what happens on election day, you can rest assured that we won’t stop working to solve Montana’s problems with more freedom, not more government in 2023."

Can you believe it, election day is just 5 days away! Tuesday will undoubtedly be an interesting one, especially here in Montana. Voters have some big choices to make. Here are the 3 things I’ll be watching for on election day:

1. Will voters approve C-48 – an Amendment to protect digital data?

C-48 is a constitutional amendment referred to voters by the 2021 Montana Legislature. C-48 will ask voters this fall to amend the state’s Constitution to explicitly protect electronic data and communications from unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement.

C-48 was a concept proposed by Frontier Institute in our 2020 Montana Recovery Agenda as a way to secure Montanans’ right to privacy. While Montana’s constitution already protects citizens from warrantless searches and seizures of their “person, papers, homes and effects,” we explained how enshrining privacy protections for digital communications in Montana’s Constitution would make it clear that regardless of technological change, Montanans’ privacy is protected from unwarranted government intrusion.

2. Will Montana voters send a supermajority to Helena?

Republicans are just two legislators shy of gaining a supermajority in Helena. Republicans have already made it clear that they intend to cut taxes during the next legislative session, but if they get a supermajority Republicans will have the votes to put referendums before Montana voters that could change the Montana Constitution, without the need for Democratic support.

3. Will Montana voters reject local property tax increases?

In cities like Bozeman and Missoula, voters are being asked whether to accept or reject proposed mill levies, which would raise property taxes. If voters decide to reject increased property taxes, it would send a clear message to local governments that they will no longer put up with higher taxes to fund reckless spending by local governments.

But regardless of what happens on election day, you can rest assured that we won’t stop working to solve Montana’s problems with more freedom, not more government in 2023.

For Liberty,
Tanner Avery

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