Jun 8, 2010 9:34 PM by Amanda Venegas - Q2 News
BILLINGS - It's been a steady day at the polls, but there's another big race going on outside of the polling places.
While many residents are gearing up to cast their votes inside, another battle is going on outside the polls. That's the battle to see which ballot measure can gather enough signatures to qualify for a spot on Montana's November ballot.
At polling places, voters are inundated with people seeking their signatures as they leave the polling place.
This year, you'll have the opportunity to sign a number of proposed ballot measures.
Heading that list is a constitutional change that would define a person at the moment of conception -
to one that would limit fees on payday loans. Other proposed ballot issues include Initiative 160 that would prohibit trapping animals on public land, while Intative161 that seeks to change how hunter access programs are funded in Montana.
A proposed ballot measure needs more than 24,000 qualified signatures to secure a spot on the November ballot. Constitutional initiatives need more than 48,000 signatures to make the ballot.