Republican introduces bill to give Corporations the right to vote

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.

Image: Think Progress

Image: Think Progress












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.

  • dawgsrbtr

    If they can vote they can go to the electric chair in Texas

    • Catsrwaybtr

      I’ll bet it’s one death sentence Rick Perry would pardon.

  • Jerry Critter

    That’s the craziest thing I have heard all day.

    • Sally

      The trouble is, they will come up with something even crazier tomorrow.

  • Kohoutek

    Can we protest corporations when they have an abortion (i.e., layoff their employees, go bankrupt while giving their CEOs golden parachutes, require the government to bail them out, etc.)?

  • Sally

    Really? One would assume that these’corporations’ employ real people as officers and that those people live in the districts. So in essence, they would get to vote twice. Nice, GOP. What’s next? I mean, the crazy keeps coming. And here I thought we were supposed to think Democrats wanted to rig elections, take away our rights, and accept Sharia laws that subjugate women. Surprise! It isn’t the Dems.

  • mrsgunka

    What did it cost the Kock Bros to get this stupidity into a bill? When is this crap going to be stopped?

  • Sideswiper

    If it can’t shit or be arrested, it can’t vote.

  • zeiche

    Steve Lavin is a sick man and should have his head examined.

  • alanall

    So if the pres, vp, sec, or other designated person lives or owns property in the municipality, can he/s vote twice? Once as a person and once as a corporation?

  • Larry Dillon

    “The liberty of Democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it comes stronger than their democratic state itself.That,in its essence,is fascism-Ownership of government by an individual,or by a group.”-Franklin D.Roosevelt