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It’s unclear who has submitted petitions to qualify the Green Party for the ballot in Montana this year, after a national political action committee says it wasn’t them and the state Green Party posted on Facebook saying they had no plans for an effort this year.

Packets with signatures have been dropped off around the state in an effort to try to qualify the Green Party. In Montana, a minor party must submit enough signatures from enough areas of the state to gain access to the ballot. {span}Third-party candidates can draw votes from the major parties, with the Green Party seen as siphoning votes from Democrats while Libertarians, who are qualified to appear on the ballot already, can take votes that might otherwise go to Republicans.{/span}

Club for Growth Action, a national political action committee that backs conservative candidates, is the only organization that has registered to raise and spend money to qualify the Green Party for the ballot here. But it told the Commissioner of Political Practices office this week it had ended that effort Feb. 5, well before many of the signatures were gathered or dropped off.


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