The following bill introduced by Montana state Rep. Steve Lavin would give corporations the right to vote in municipal elections. This is taking Citizens United to an extreme, as if it’s not over the top already. Some limits are contained within the bill, but it’s just a step away from pushing the ‘Corporations are People’ ruling over the edge while making humans more insignificant in the election process.
Via Think Progress:
Provision for vote by corporate property owner. (1) Subject to subsection (2), if a firm, partnership, company, or corporation owns real property within the municipality, the president, vice president, secretary, or other designee of the entity is eligible to vote in a municipal election as provided in [section 1].
(2) The individual who is designated to vote by the entity is subject to the provisions of [section 1] and shall also provide to the election administrator documentation of the entity’s registration with the secretary of state under 35-1-217 and proof of the individual’s designation to vote on behalf of the entity.
The bill does contain some limits on these new corporate voting rights. Most significantly, corporations would not be entitled to vote in “school elections,” and the bill only applies to municipal elections. So state and federal elections would remain beyond the reach of the new corporate voters.
So for now, the bill does contain some language which prohibits corporations from voting in certain elections, but the way Conservatives are sucking up to Corporate America, it won’t be long until that is rectified to serve their own special interests.