Kudos to Alex Sakariassen for covering ALEC’s influence in the Montana Legislature (see “No-love letter,” Aug. 29). The school charter bills weren’t the only “model legislation” that ALEC’s policy thugs shoved down our legislative throats. One of ALEC’s biggest national efforts is to disenfranchise voters, read as: making sure low-income people, students, and people of color don’t vote. Their attempt to eliminate same day voter registration failed by the stroke of a veto pen but it will be back before voters via ballot initiative next fall. Stay tuned. The free luncheons offered to Republican lawmakers are literally held inside the halls of the Capitol and they are buying your democracy and taking your rights.
State Rep. Ellie Hill