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Ballot initiatives fall short on signature gathering

The backers behind four proposed measures say the ballot qualification bar proved too high for their efforts this year.

The individual backers behind four initiatives that have been gathering signatures in an effort to qualify for the fall ballot said this week that they haven't been able to gather the tens of thousands of required voter signatures.

While Montana's secretary of state has yet to determine which measures will qualify for the November ballot, the backer groups behind three other measures have said publicly that they believe they surpassed their signature-gathering thresholds as of the June deadline to submit signatures to county election offices for verification.

The proposals likely to make the b...