On February 1, the Montana House passed HB 30, which ends election-day registration. The new deadline for registration would be the Friday before the election. See this story. The vote was 60-38, which is less than two-thirds support. Assuming the bill passes the Senate, Democratic Governor Steve Bullock will probably veto the bill just as the past Governor, Democrat Brian Schweitzer, vetoed a similar bill in 2011.
On January 31, the Montana House passed HB 120 by a vote of 70-28. That is the bill that makes three ballot access improvements: (1) expanding who can run for President and Vice-President as an independent; (2) moving the petition deadline for non-presidential independent candidates from March to May; (3) letting all qualified parties hold a primary if there is a contest for any office. HB 120 is the Secretary of State’s omnibus election law bill and has many other provisions unrelated to ballot access.