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Montana mail ballot bill fails amid racism allegation


HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A plan to use only mail-in ballots for the state's main elections, which haltingly moved forward with fragile bipartisan cooperation, failed Friday after allegations of racism from a Native American lawmaker and defensive counter-accusations.

The simmering tensions between Republicans and Democrats erupted, somewhat surprisingly, over a bill that modifies the way elections are run.

The House had abruptly changed its mind on the proposal after endorsing the proposal a day earlier. The bill failed after many Republicans, uneasy with vote-by-mail in the first place, de...

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