Ninth Circuit Expedites Montana Case over Whether Parties May Endorse Candidates for Judge

The Ninth Circuit will hear Sanders County Republican Central Committee v Bullock in late August. This is the case over whether it violates the First Amendment for Montana to make it a crime for a political party to endorse a candidate for judge. Montana elects state court judges in non-partisan elections. Here is the scheduling order. Thanks to Rick Hasen’s ElectionLawBlog for the link. The lower court had refused to enjoin the Montana prohibition, and the Republican Party had then appealed.

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