- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana voters have defeated ballot issues that would have barred people from registering to vote on Election Day and would have changed the name of the state auditor’s office.

A legislative referendum sought to end voter registration on the Friday before Election Day.

Opponents said the Republican-backed measure would deny some people the right to vote. Proponents said it would ease congestion at polling places. Voters rejected it 57 percent to 43 percent.

Montana is one of 10 states and the District of Columbia that allow Election Day voter registration.

Also on the ballot was a proposed constitutional amendment to rename the state auditor position to the commissioner of securities and insurance to better describe the job. Voters rejected the change 51.6 percent to 48.4 percent.



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