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Mar 21, 2012 10:19 AM by Marnee Banks- KXLH News

MT Secretary of State will not hold Libertarian primary

HELENA- Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch (D) has determined her office will not hold a Libertarian primary election this year.

According to Montana law (MCA 13-10-209), if a party does not have candidates for more than half the offices on the ballot, then the election administrator does not need to prepare a primary ballot for that party.

The Libertarian Party placed seven non-legislative candidates on the ballot this year. Two of those candidates, Dan Cox & Jerry McConnell, are running for U.S. Senate.

This prompted the question whether or not McCulloch would spend the money to print ballots for a Libertarian primary.

McCulloch issued her decision on Tuesday, which prompted Republican Secretary of State candidate Scott Aspenlieder to criticize the move.

"Ms. McCulloch's decision to ignore the Libertarian Party primary is yet another example of a career politician using the Secretary of State's office for her party's political gain hoping it will help her liberal friends," Aspenlieder said in a statement.

The other non-legislative Libertarian candidates are listed below:

Mike Fellows - Clerk of the Supreme Court
David Kaiser - U.S. House
Roger Roots - Secretary of State
Ron Vandevender & Marc Mulcahy - Governor & Lt. Governor

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