MONTANA- Late Saturday night former president Donald Trump hosted one of his first rallies since leaving office, on stage the former president questioned the validity of the treasure states 2020 election.
"In Montana, over 6% of a certain county's mail-in ballots are missing evidence to prove that they were legitimate or not. They are missing all this evidence. Think of it, Montana, a lot of mail-in ballots. Where do you have the mail-in ballots, by the way?"- the former president said on stage.
Not sure what happened here but either the former President can’t read his speech or he is now challenging the vote in Montana pic.twitter.com/lG1aoTaobv— Acyn (@Acyn) June 27, 2021
There have been no reports of 6% of any counties mail-in ballots "missing" in Montana, if that information changes or new information is revealed we will update this web copy.
There is potential the former president could be referring to State Representative Brad Tschida's claims that ballots that were missing affirmation envelopes and were counted, the Missoula commission sent a letter to Secretary of State Christi Jacobsen dismissing the claims.
The letter reads:
"When the Missoula County Elections Office receives mail ballots leading up to an election, stff begin a multi-step procedure to confirm the voter to whom a ballot was issued is the person who voted it. This includes verifying that the signature on the affirmation envelope matches the signature on file and contacting the voter if it does not. lt also includes scanning the unique barcode on each affirmation envelope into the Secretary of State's voter database, and then comparing those envelopes to a report generated by that database to verify each envelope listed as "accepted" is also physically present."
It should be noted there is a difference between an accusation of "missing ballots," and ballots that cannot be counted due to a voter not sending in the ballot with the correct information if a ballot is missing the affirmation envelope and barcode it can't be counted.
This is the first accusation by the former president of irregularities in Montana, it was stated by Twitter users that the former president may have confused the state of Montana with the state of Michigan.
Timeline of the 2020 election in Montana:
On August 6, Governor Bullock announced a directive giving Montana counties the option to include mail-in voting for the upcoming general election in November, but also required them to keep in-person voting as an option on election day.
Complaints were filed by the RNC and Donald J. Trump for President INC. The appellants contend that Governor Steve Bullock has overstepped in his capacity as Governor in his August 6th directive allowing Montana counties to conduct all mail-in elections for the general election if they so choose.
The Supreme Court rejected a bid by Republicans and the Trump campaign to block mail voting in Montana.
On October 24th, 2020 Stapleton came on Wake Up Montana and discussed the election. You can watch that LIVE interview by following this link.
Election night: Former President Donald Trump won the state by 16 points. According to the former Republican Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, the election was certifiable.
In total, the former president beat the current president by over 100,000 votes in Montana.
On November 7, 2020, the former Republican Secretary of State tweeted,
I have supported you, Mr. President, we (Montana) have supported you—and @realDonaldTrump accomplished some incredible things during your time in office!But that time is now over. Tip your hat, bite your lip, and congratulate @JoeBiden. Blessings on you and your family.❤️— Corey Stapleton (@Stapleton_MT) November 7, 2020
On November 30, 2020, Stapleton tweeted the certification certificate certifying the election in the state of Montana, that certificate was signed by then state auditor and current Congressman Matt Rosendale. Rosendale won his congressional seat in the 2020 election.
Montana is certified. pic.twitter.com/fzULaZT7jk— Corey Stapleton (@Stapleton_MT) November 30, 2020
The congressman recently voted against awarding Congressional Gold Medals for fallen U.S. Capitol Police officers killed in the line of duty, two of which were killed in the line of duty at the capital on January 6, 2021.
Rosendale has been vocal about his belief that there was voter fraud and irregularities in other states. Rosendale has also been a staunch critic of Congresswoman Liz Cheney from neighboring Wyoming for her vote on impeachment.
In December of 2020, the Texas Attorney General filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court asking that the 62 Electoral College votes in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin be dismissed. Montana's Attorney General did join that suit, the lawsuit was later dismissed.
The most recent headlines about Montana’s involvement in the 2020 election was surrounding the Maricopa county recount.
We know copies of election data from Maricopa County in Arizona were sent to a lab in Montana.
However, it wasn't confirmed what security measures are in place, what the lab in Montana will do with the data, or how long it will have the copy.
As more information is available about this story it will be updated here.