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Candidates for Congress filed scores of signatures in Albany on Monday to secure minor- and major-party lines.

And, barring some sort of clerical snafu, the filings mean there indeed will be a June 26 primary for the north country’s congressional race.

Republicans Matthew A. Doheny and Kellie A. Greene filed their petitions to force a Republican primary, the winner of which will take on Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh.

The candidates needed 938 signatures to appear on the ballot; Mr. Doheny collected more than 6,000. The Greene campaign did not say exactly how many signatures she collected, but she submitted 182 pages of them.

Those who object to a candidate’s signatures — if they’re invalid or weren’t properly catalogued — have three days to challenge them or must forever hold their peace.

Mr. Doheny also submitted paperwork to appear on the Independence and Conservative parties’ lines, for which he already has received endorsements.

Mr. Owens filed petitions to appear as a Democrat and on the Working Families Party line. New York law allows “fusion” voting, giving candidates more than one line on the ballot. In close elections, the third-party lines can make all the difference in the world.

Donald L. Hassig, a St. Lawrence County environmental advocate who has said he will run for Congress on the Green Party line, also filed petitions Monday to get on the ballot in November.

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