Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Procedural Win in Montana Green Party Ballot Access Case

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On January 8, U.S. District Court Magistrate John Johnston denied the motion of the Montana Secretary of State to dismiss the lawsuit Montana Green Party v Stapleton, 6:18cv-87. The lawsuit was filed last year and challenges the unequal distribution requirement for the petition to create a new ballot-qualified party. The lawsuit also challenges the March 15 petition deadline for that petition. The state tried to get the case dismissed for various legal technical issues, rather than on the substance of the issues, but the case remains alive and a trial will be held.

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