Green Party gets approval to appear on Missouri ballot

Dr. Jill Stein, presumptive Green Party presidential nominee, speaks at a rally in Philadelphia, Tuesday, July 26, 2016, during the second day of the Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri voters will have some additional choices on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The Green Party received approval Tuesday to appear on the ballot after turning in more than 23,000 valid petition signatures of registered voters. The secretary of state’s office also certified a dozen independent candidates.

Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein will join Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, Libertarian Gary Johnson and Constitution Party candidate Darrell Castle.

The governor’s race has two new additions — independent candidate Lester Turilli Jr. and Green Party candidate Don Fitz. They join Democrat Chris Koster, Republican Eric Greitens and Libertarian Cisse Spragins.

For U.S. Senate, Green Party candidate Johnathan McFarland was certified to appear alongside Republican Roy Blunt, Democrat Jason Kander, Libertarian Jonathan Dine and Constitution Party candidate Fred Ryman.

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