The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports:
Another effort to restore Montana Green Party candidates to the general election ballot has been denied, officials said Monday. Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan denied an emergency request from two candidates and two Green Party voters to restore the candidates to the ballot.
Many of the signers who asked to remove their names from the petitions did so after learning the Montana Republican Party had bankrolled the $100,000 signature gathering effort, which violated campaign finance laws.
Third-party candidates can draw support from major party candidates. Green Party candidates sometimes draw votes away from Democrats while Libertarian candidates sometimes siphon votes from Republicans.
🚨BREAKING: Supreme Court REJECTS GOP’s final desperate effort to get Green Party on Montana ballot. pic.twitter.com/F6xs6A9Rbr
— Marc E. Elias (@marceelias) September 14, 2020
Montana’s Republican secretary of state on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to restore the names of Green Party candidates to the ballot after a similar request was rejected last month. https://t.co/rM9edwcVYW
— Missoulian (@missoulian) September 12, 2020
Montana’s Republican secretary of state is again asking the U.S. Supreme Court to restore the names of Green Party candidates to the November ballot. But there’s little time left for a ruling before ballots get printed. https://t.co/UKqfqd2cXn
— NBC Montana (@NBCMontana) September 12, 2020