Montana Green Party fights to stay on the ballot
MISSOULA – For the first time in 10 years the Green Party qualified to run candidates in a statewide race in Montana. The state has very strict, very complicated rules about what it takes for a third party to get on the ballot.
They're rules that Danielle Breck has come to know very well. She brought the Green Party back to life in Montana and has been organizing the party's effort to collect about 10,000 signatures from voters who want to see the Green Party on the ballot this fall.
By Sarah Gravlee
April 23, 2018
The secretary of state said that was enough to get the Green Party on the ballot, but the Montana Democratic Party is calling many of those signatures into question. They have filed suit to keep the Green Party off the ballot.
"I often ... often get people asking me, 'What do you do other than try to get on the ballot?' and the honest answer is not a lot because it is a lot-- It's a full time job trying to get on the ballot," Breck said from the Green Party headquarters, which is also a spare bedroom in her rental house.
The democrats say the signatures were submitted by an out of state firm right before the deadline. They say if the secretary of state had more time to look at them he would see that many of those signatures are not valid.
The case will be heard Tuesday at 1:30 in front of Judge Kathy Seeley in Helena.