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Montana Democrats want the Green Party off the ballot; Sen. Tester shows his tough side in a new campaign ad; Zinke for president?;  Denise Juneau is moving to Seattle; And Governor Bullock says the whims of "the president's morning Twitter habit," aren't enough reason to deploy the National Guard.

Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin discuss these stories and more on this episode of "Campaign Beat." Catch up with the latest Montana election news now.

Montana Democratic Party headquarters in Helena, MT.
Corin Cates-Carney

The Montana Democratic Party is suing Montana’s Secretary of State and the Montana Green Party to block the Party from appearing on election ballots this year.

For the first time in more than a decade, Green Party candidates will appear on Montana’s ballots for Congress this fall. 

When the state’s candidate filing deadline passed at five o'clock this evening, three Green Party candidates joined the crowded field of Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians seeking Montana seats in the U.S. House and Senate.

Secretary of State Corey Stapleton and county election leaders meeting Tuesday to talk about improvements to the state's mail ballot election system.
Corin Cates-Carney

Montana does not have widespread voter fraud in its elections system.

That’s according to Secretary of State Corey Stapleton, now that he’s reviewed data he requested from Montana’s Clerks and Recorders Association.

Corey Stapleton is Montana’s Secretary of State
Courtesy of CoreyStapleton.com

State and county election officials will meet with Secretary of State Corey Stapleton tomorrow to review data from a survey of ballots Stapleton initiated. The Secretary of State has expressed concern about voter misconduct and fraud. 

Back in August, Stapleton expressed worry about potential voter fraud because of more than 360 ballots that appeared to have mismatched signatures. He said this survey helped address that concern.

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