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Corey Stapleton

Voting booths at the Missoula Library.
Josh Burnham

Secretary of State Corey Stapleton is asking the Montana Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling that removed Green Party candidates from election ballots this November.

The appeal notice filed Wednesday challenges a ruling earlier this month from a district court in Helena that sided with the Montana Democratic Party, which argued the Green Party illegitimately gained access to the ballot.

Montana capitol, Helena.
William Marcus

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican lawmakers failed to get enough support to call a special session to consider referenda to counter two proposed ballot initiatives.

Voters in Clinton, MT cast ballots during the 2016 elections.
Rebekah Welch

Montana’s Secretary of State plans to ask the state Supreme Court to overrule a lower court’s decision this week ordering the Green Party off this fall's ballots.

Montana Capitol, Helena, MT.
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

State lawmakers will formally vote on a proposal for the Legislature to come back to Helena for a July 16 special session.

Secretary of State Corey Stapleton tweeted just before five Wednesday afternoon that his office will send out ballots to legislators as soon as possible.

The effort to convene a special session comes at the request of Republicans concerned about a pair of citizens initiatives that will likely appear on ballots this November.

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, far left, with attorney Emily Jones, on his left, at the Lewis and Clark County courthouse on April 28, 2018. At the podium, Democratic Party Attorney Kevin Hamilton is arguing a case challenging Green Party a
Corin Cates-Carney / MTPR

The court case brought by Democrats challenging the Green Party’s access to the 2018 election ballot in Montana will resume this Thursday under review of a new judge.

Democrats allege Montana’s Republican Secretary of State erred in certifying the Green Party for the ballot.

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