Montana Green Party files suit in federal court to gain ballot access

HELENA – In an attempt to get its candidates back on the Montana ballot this fall, the Montana Green Party has sued the state in federal court, seeking to void part of Montana’s requirements for political parties to qualify for the ballot.

The lawsuit, filed late Monday, says Montana’s ballot-qualification requirements are among the most restrictive in the nation — and an unconstitutional barrier to smaller, unestablished political parties.

The suit asks a federal judge to strike down the requirements and order Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton to place five Green Party candidates back on the November ballot.