HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The chairman of the Montana Republican Party is asking the state Supreme Court to remove a Libertarian candidate for secretary of state from November's election ballot. Jeff Essmann filed his petition on Wednesday. He argues that Roger Roots is not eligible as a candidate because Roots didn't file the required campaign finance disclosures and reports in time. Essmann also seeks a court order preventing county election officials from printing ballots that have Roots' name on them. Roots is running for secretary of state against Republican Corey Stapleton and Democrat Monica Lindeen. The Supreme Court gave current Secretary of State Linda McCulloch and Commissioner of Political Practices Jonathan Motl until noon Monday to file a response to Essmann's petition. Motl and McCulloch both said Wednesday that Roots filed the appropriate documents with their offices.
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