A Montana Judge has reportedly ordered state election officials to remove the Green Party from the November ballot.
A Montana judge has ordered state elections officials to remove the Green Party from the November ballot, a boost to Sen. Jon Tester (D) in his bid for reelection.
Helena District Court Judge James Reynolds invalidated some of the signatures Green Party backers submitted to the secretary of state's office, either because the signatures did not match those on file, because they did not match a registered voter or because of improper signature-gathering practices.
As a result, the Green Party did not meet statewide requirements that they submit a total of 5,000 valid signatures gathered across at least 34 of Montana's 100 state House districts.
The state Democratic Party had sued to block the Green Party's access to the ballot, claiming Republicans had improperly manipulated the signature-gathering process.
Earlier this year, state Democrats raised eyebrows after ostensibe Green Party supporters turned in more than 7,000 signatures on the final day of qualifying. At least two of those signature -atherers identified themselves in social media postings as employees of Advanced Micro Targeting, a Republican political consulting firm in Nevada.
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