Good news today in Montana: Governor Brian Schweitzer vetoed the bill that would have ended Election Day registration in Montana. The Governor, in true Montana style, vetoed the bill with his VETO branding iron. Seriously. Check out the picture with State Representative and Forward Montana staffer Bryce Bennett in front of the veto branding board.
This is what our friends at Forward Montana had to say about the news of this “Neato, Veto”:
NEATO (adj) – the most efficient way of saying “wow, that was really cool” or “awesome.”
VETO (noun) – the power or right vested in one branch of a government to cancel or postpone the decisions, enactments, etc., of another branch, especially the right of a president, governor, or other chief executive to reject bills passed by the legislature.
HB180 (a terrible bill) – a bill introduced by Representative Champ Edmunds to roll back late and same day voter registration and voting.
Rock the Vote and dozens of local and national organizations urged Governor Schweitzer to stand up for voting rights and veto the bill. Nearly 43,000 Montanans have utilized the late registration period and and same day registration since 2006, 19,000 of them on Election Day.
A bill that U.S. Senator Jon Tester called “a punch in the face to American Democracy” has been punched back with a branding iron. And that’s how you get things done in Montana.
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UPDATE: I was just sent video of the Governor branding the bills. That’s entertainment: http://www.kpax.com/videoplayer/?video_id=13121&categories.