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The Montana Democratic Party on Monday filed a complaint with the state’s elections watchdog asking him to figure out who is behind a likely paid effort to qualify the Montana Green Party for the ballot this year.

Starting in January, signature-gatherers popped up in some of Montana’s bigger cities asking people to sign petitions to get the Green Party on the ballot. Parties automatically qualify to be on the ballot if one of their candidates for a statewide office meets a threshold of votes in either of the prior two elections.

In Montana, that means Libertarians were automatically qualified this year, while the Greens needed petitions to get on. But the Montana Green Party made very clear in a Facebook post earlier this year that it was not behind the effort, had no plans to try to qualify in 2020 and did not intend to run any candidates.


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